Associate Professor Ramazan Tas of Turgut Ozal University told Today's Zaman Turkey will benefit by getting access to Chinese technology through the program, in which Turkish firms will cooperate with the Chinese contractor on production of the air defense system.
Turkey -- the only Middle East nation in the NATO -- is seeking membership in the European Union.
Tas said the country wants to show European nations and the United States it has other potential partners around the globe.
"In economic terms, the decision shows that Turkey is breaking its full dependency on NATO for defense systems," Tas said.
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