Xi Jinping Holds Talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, Stressing to Connect Development Strategies of the Two Countries and Expand and Enrich Connotation of Bilateral Strategic Cooperation

On July 29, 2015, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state agreed that China and Turkey should keep in mind the general direction of bilateral relations, cement the foundation of the political mutual trust, offer mutual support on issues of each other’s major concern, link their development strategies and expand and enrich the connotation of bilateral strategic cooperation.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Turkey are both important members of G20. Against the backdrop of a complicated and ever-changing international situation, a weak recovery of world economy and a grave anti-terrorism situation in West Asia and North Africa, the two countries are facing mounting common challenges and responsibilities. Both sides should deepen political mutual trust and consolidate their friendly foundation. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish government have repeatedly reaffirmed that they firmly oppose all attempts sabotaging China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the territory of Turkey and object to all forms of terrorism. China appreciates this and will enhance bilateral cooperation in law enforcement and security. China supports legislative bodies and government departments of the two countries to boost exchanges and intensify policy communication and political mutual trust thus ensure bilateral strategic cooperative relations always move forward along the right track.

Xi Jinping pointed out that both countries are now embracing a historical opportunity to realize national rejuvenation, and their cooperation enjoys a bright prospect. Both sides should advance cooperation in all fields, which will benefit the two peoples and global peace and development. China will connect the “Belt and Road” initiative with Turkey’s development strategy for common cooperation, common development and common prosperity. Both nations should earnestly implement the medium-long term development planning for bilateral economic and trade cooperation and strengthen cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, investment, finance, infrastructure, tourism and people-to-people and cultural engagement as well as between local regions.

Xi Jinping stressed that China will step up cooperation with Turkey on such major issues as global economic governance and climate change within the frameworks of UN,G20 and International Monetary Fund, thus safeguard common interests of both countries and developing countries.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed that the Turkish government always views bilateral relations from a strategic height and firmly devotes itself to the greater development in bilateral strategic cooperative relations. On the occasion of the upcoming 45th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, Turkey will join efforts with China to deepen cooperation in all sectors including economy, trade, investment, science, technology, industry and infrastructure construction.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan emphasized that the Turkish government sticks to the One China policy, resolutely supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and opposes terrorist acts of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and the like aimed at China, and will boost cooperation with China to this end. Turkey never allows ill-minded forces to affect bilateral strategic cooperative relations. In fact, Turkey is also a victim of terrorism. Due to a grave anti-terrorism situation, Turkey and West Asia and North Africa are facing challenges in security and stability. The Turkish government will resolutely fight against terrorist forces of all forms and hopes to obtain support from the international community.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that China is an important member of the international community and Turkey will enhance coordination and cooperation with China on major international and regional issues.

Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcome ceremony for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Xi Jinping’s wife Mme. Peng Liyuan, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Chen Changzhi, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Luo Fuhe and others were present.

On that afternoon, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to the Tiananmen Square and laid a wreath at the Monument to the People’s Heroes.

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