Turkey has cancelled a $3.4-billion (£2.2 billion) tender provisionally awarded to China to develop a long-range missile defence system, the defence ministry said on Tuesday, a project that had stirred the concern of Ankara’s NATO allies.

Turkey, which had chosen China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp as the preferred candidate, has decided to focus instead on developing a defence system with domestic resources, the ministry said in a statement.

An official from Turkey’s Defence Industry Undersecretariat, which ran the technical negotiations with China, said in July a major stumbling block had been China’s reluctance to make a technology transfer that could give Turkey the knowledge to operate the system and eventually replicate it. […]