Turkey goes back to other missile system bidders as China drags feet: officials

February 26, 2015 2:06 PM

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Turkey goes back to other missile system bidders as China drags feet: officials

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms over its first long-range missile defense system, as the preferred Chinese bidder has yet to meet all requirements for the multi-billion dollar project, two officials said on Thursday.

NATO member Turkey chose China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp in 2013 as the preferred candidate for the $3.4 billion deal, prompting U.S. and Western concern about security and the compatibility of the weaponry with NATO systems.

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