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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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during launch ceremonies for a submarine project at Golcuk Naval Shipyard in 2019.   © Getty Images

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."

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