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Xi Jinping Meets with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

On February 21, local time, visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul.

Xi first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from Premier Wen Jiabao to Erdogan. He said since the establishment of diplomatic ties 41 years ago, especially since the beginning of the new century, bilateral friendly and cooperative relations in various fields have made great progress. In October 2010, the two countries established strategic cooperative relations, which marks bilateral relations have entered a new stage of comprehensive development. The current China-Turkey relations are featured by political mutual trust, mutually beneficial economic cooperation, cultural exchange and mutual support on multilateral occasions. The Chinese side attaches great importance to strengthening economic and trade cooperation with Turkey, which is consistent with the fundamental interests of both sides and is also conducive to tapping each other's huge potential for cooperation. Xi Jinping put forward four proposals on furthering pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

First, give full play to their respective advantages and push for balanced and healthy development of bilateral trade. The Chinese side attaches great importance to Turkey's trade deficit and will continue to take comprehensive measures to gradually east trade imbalance between the two countries. China also hopes that Turkey will increase efforts to promote their products in China. Second, expand financing channels and promote China's investment in infrastructure construction in Turkey. Xi hoped financial institutions and businesses of the two countries will take advantage of the current favorable conditions and strive to finalize negotiations on one or two major projects which are both influential and have good economic returns. Third, deepen bilateral financial cooperation. "We should sign a pact on local currency settlement at an early date and realize local currency settlement in bilateral trade to support and facilitate large-scale trade and investment between the two countries," he said. Fourth, enhance high-tech cooperation in such areas as nuclear energy and aerospace and create new growth points of bilateral pragmatic cooperation. The two sides can strengthen cooperation in the fields of energy conservation, emission reduction, green economy, and new materials to achieve sustainable development of their own economies.

Xi stressed that the "East Turkistan" issue concerns China's national security and social stability, as well as its core interests. Prime Minister Erdogan has reiterated that Turkey adheres to the one-China policy and respects China's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Xi said. The prime minister has also stressed on many occasions that Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and Turkey firmly opposes any person on its territory undertaking any activity detrimental to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Xi added. "China appreciates these statements," Xi said. "China hopes that Turkey will continue to take effective measures to oppose and prevent anti-China separatist activities by 'East Turkistan' forces on its territory so as to ensure the healthy and steady growth of China-Turkey ties," said Xi.

Erdogan said that Vice President Xi's visit to Turkey is of great significance to promoting Turkey-China relations and deepening bilateral strategic cooperation. He fully agreed with Xi's proposals on the development of economic and trade pragmatic cooperation. Turkey hopes to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade, finance, energy, aerospace, aviation, high-speed railway, highway and large contracted projects, as well as tourism. Entrepreneurs of both countries should seize the opportunity to develop business. Turkey hopes to strengthen communication and coordination with China on regional and international issues including the situation in West Asia and North Africa. Erdogan reaffirmed that Turkey has consistently adhered to the one-China policy, recognized the People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate representative of the whole Chinese people, and never allowed any activity on its territory that aims to undermine China's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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