Xinjiang riots damage Sino-Turkish ties, including possible Ilisu involvement

(Financial Times, Ankara, 14 July 2009) Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey has created a firestorm by comparing China’s treatment of its Uighur population – Muslim Chinese of Turkic origin in the northwestern region of Xinjiang – to “genocide”...While both sides are now keen to smooth over their differences, Turkish officials sources say they have “big, big worries” that the spat will hurt trade relations... [President] Gul’s [recent] trip led to several deals with hydro power groups, sparking rumours that China might even help fill the gap left by European export credit agencies to fund the controversial Ilisu dam project.