U.S. Questions Turkey's miltary exercise with China -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nato source | Atlantic Council From Zaman: Turkish and Chinese militaries recently conducted a joint aerial exercise in central Anatolia, the first such exercise involving the air forces of NATO member Turkey and China. The joint exercise was part of Turkeyâ€™s Anatolian Eagle maneuvers, which have so far been carried out jointly with US, other NATO countries and Israel. They took place sometime this month in the central Anatolian province of Konya, where Anatolian Eagle maneuvers traditionally take place, Todayâ€™s Zaman has learned. Turkish F-16s and Chinese SU-27s and Russian-made MIG-29s took part in the joint exercise, staging a mock dogfight in central Anatolian airspace. The exercise comes ahead of a planned visit by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Turkey next month, which officials say will boost relations to a new level. From Hurriyet: The Turkish and Chinese air forces secretly participated in a military drill in Konya as part of the â€œAnatolian Eagleâ€ war games, prompting a reaction from Washington, daily Taraf reported Thursday. ... The U.S. administration reportedly contacted the Turkish foreign and defense ministries and asked why the drill was conducted and what kind of maneuvers were practiced. (photo: Rupeenews) ***************************************************** Chinese Su-27s Fly Mock Combat in Turkey Posted by David A. Fulghum at 9/30/2010 10:29 AM CDT Chinese Su-27s Fly Mock Combat in Turkey An unexpected military cooperative exercise between China and Turkey has caught the eye of Washington-based analysts. The two air forces were involved in a joint air exercise in the central Anatolian province of Konya, the first such exercise involving the air forces of China (Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army Air Force â€“ PLAAF) and NATO member Turkey. Part of the significance is that the PLAAF recently demonstrated major advances in long-range strike during their own â€œPeace Mission 2010.â€ The latest joint exercise, â€œAnatolian Eagle,â€ in the past has been conducted jointly with the U.S. Air Force, other NATO air forces and the Israeli Air Force. Ankaraâ€™s Zama newspaper reported that Turkish F-16s and Chinese Su-27s staged a mock dogfight. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao plans a visit to Turkey next month where several agreements on economic and cultural cooperation are expected to be signed. Chinese aircraft, including the JF-17 export fighter, stopped in Turkey to refuel on the way to last summerâ€™s Farnborough air show. Turkey flies 200 F-16s, 150 RF/F-4s and 75 F-5s. Another sign that Turkey is changing its international stance is modification of its security policy to remove some of its neighboring countries from a list of those considered as national security threats and the exclusion of the IAF from its exercises.