Following a failed coup attempt and subsequent military purge in July of last year, it is safe to say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s relationship with the West has seen better days. While western leaders and media were criticizing Erdogan’s crackdown following the coup attempt, Russia and China expressed their support for the Turkish leader.

In response, as talks for Turkey to join the European Union stall, Erdogan has proclaimed that Turkey might be better suited joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an intergovernmental organization comprised of Russia, China, and four former Soviet Satellite States.

Value Walk writes this week on how Turkey is joining China and Russia, along with Pakistan to create a new “superpower circle.”