China, Turkey agree to advance bilateral relations

21:29, January 27, 2010      

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Chinese and Turkish foreign ministers said here Wednesday that the two sides have reach important consensus in advancing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

The statement was made by visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu after their bilateral talks in Ciragan Palace.

Yang said that the two countries have maintained friendly and cooperative relations in the past 39 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations.

During his visit to China last year, Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Chinese President Hu Jintao reached consensus to deepen bilateral cooperation. Yang said it is very important for the two sides to make efforts for the implementation of consensus.

He said that the two sides should also further enhance political trust and mutually respect, and take consideration of each side's concerns. The two countries should also take their advantages to broaden space of economic and trade cooperation.

The two sides will strengthen coordination on important international and regional issues to jointly address challenges, he said.

The two countries will also push forward people-to-people exchanges during the opportunity of World Expo in Shanghai, he added.

The Chinese foreign minister expressed his appreciation to his counterpart for the one-China policy upheld by the Turkish side and expressed his thanks for understanding and supporting the Chinese government in its endeavor to defend state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Turkish foreign minister said that his government attaches great importance to its relations with China and expressed his hope that the two countries will maintain high-level exchanges and further promote cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, finance, investment and tourism.

He said that Turkey expects more Chinese investment and participation in construction of large-scale infrastructure projects in Turkey, adding that Turkish-Chinese relations had been going through a historic turning point.

He reaffirmed that Turkey will continue to adhere to the one- China policy.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Source: Xinhua
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