Turkey confirms it cancels defense system tender awarded to China

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 9:06 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's defense ministry confirmed on Tuesday the cancellation of a $3.4 billion long-range missile defense system project provisionally awarded to China in 2013, a move that had stirred U.S. and Western concern.

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

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler)