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As NATO turns focus to China, embracing Turkey becomes challenge

Alliance planners urge unity despite tensions over S-400s and Erdogan's politics

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called for a report outlining challenges and recommendations for the alliance through 2030. (Photo courtesy of NATO)

NEW YORK/ISTANBUL -- Deep in the Anatolian heartland, a four-engine Airbus A400M strategic airlifter adorned the spanking new hangar. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on a video link that Turkey would continue to increase defense investment "until we completely free our country from foreign dependence."

When the opening ceremony for this new maintenance and repair facility in the city of Kayseri was held last week, Erdogan was in no mood to celebrate Turkey's membership in the world's strongest military alliance.

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