By Assad Bhuglah
Throughout history, the Ottoman rulers and the Chinese dynasty have maintained cordial relations. Though separated by geography and falling at the two extremes of the Asian continent, the two civilizations were connected by the old Silk Road, to such an extent that the Turkic Uyghurs form part of the officially recognized ethnic minorities of China who live in the Xingjian province. Following the collapse of the Ottoman empire in the aftermath of World War I and the emergence of modern Turkey, the Sino-Turkish relations have remained idle for long time. Turkey recognized the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 5 August 1971. Despite the fact that Turkey pursues One-China policy and recognizes the PRC as the sole legal representative of China, the Sino-Turkish relations have seen ups and downs mainly because Ankara’s NATO alliance and Beijing’s treatment to the Turkic Uyghurs.