While the diplomatic tremors Turkey has created by awarding a long-range missile tender to a company from China continue, problems for ASELSAN – which will also take part in the project – are compounding.

Officials from the Chinese firm CPMIEC came to the Military Electronic Industries of Turkey (ASELSAN) to build up a partnership last week, but Turkish officials are still keeping the door open for Western firms that lost in the missile tender last year to perhaps swoop in and clinch the ultimate agreement.

The 30 experts that came from China held talks at ASELSAN, mostly working on matters related to research and development. In their bid, the Chinese firm stated that a portion of the project would be carried out in cooperation with ASELSAN. […]