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Turkey Widens War Tech Hunt by Tapping Pakistan’s China Ties

  • Turkey wants to produce fighter jets, missiles with Pakistan
  • Pakistan makes jets with China, said to use its missile design
A Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder  jet, manufactured by Chengdu Aircraft Corp. of China.

A Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder  jet, manufactured by Chengdu Aircraft Corp. of China.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

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Turkey is pushing to co-manufacture warplanes and missiles with Pakistan, a hookup that could also give it access to prized war technology from China.

Turkish defense and government officials have held periodic talks with Pakistani counterparts -- the last high-level discussion was in January -- about developing and manufacturing military hardware with Pakistan, according to people from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations. The people didn’t say when they’ll meet again or how close they are to an agreement.