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China, Turkey pledge mutual support, closer cooperation

Reporter: Su Yuting 丨 CCTV.com

07-30-2015 06:30 BJT

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President Xi Jinping has met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Beijing. Both presidents say they are willing to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in trade, energy and defense.

President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday after agreements were signed to improve bilateral cooperation.

President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday after agreements were signed to improve bilateral cooperation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on his first state visit to China since 2012. 

He is being accompanied by a delegation of more than 100 business leaders on his two-day visit.

They were greeted with a welcoming ceremony hosted by President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The state visit is focused on improving Turkish trade links with the world's second-largest economy, with a business forum scheduled along with more talks on cooperation.

"We have met with each other many times on numerous occasions. We have agreed that China and Turkey will support each other on the issues of common interest and mutual concern. I am willing to cooperate with you on comprehensively reviewing the bilateral ties between us, determining the direction of future development, consolidating the foundation of our political mutual understanding, and expanding and enriching China-Turkey strategic cooperation," Xi said.

Bilateral trade has expanded in recent years and is now worth about 24 billion US dollars. The two countries have agreed to aim to increase their trade to 100 billion US dollars by 2020. 

Law enforcement and security were also hot topics.  

President Erdogan said Turkey is opposed to the East Turkistan terrorist attacks against China. He says Turkey will not allow terrorist and extremist groups to affect relations with China.

After the leaders' meeting, agreements were signed related to tourism, energy, technology, and cultural exchanges.

"President Erdogan has said Turkey is very interested in China's One Belt and One Road Initiative and his country is willing to participate in the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt. The two leaders have agreed to strengthen practical cooperation and Turkey is seeking more investment opportunities from China. For example, Turkey hopes Chinese companies work with the Turkish government in the construction of high-speed railway projects," said Zhang Ming, vice foreign minister.

 

China-Turkey relations have enjoyed booming development, with stronger cooperation in trade, investment and infrastructure construction. Turkey and China, both emerging economies, will host the 2015 and 2016 G20 summits, respectively. That should help create more opportunities for high-level exchanges between the two countries.

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