Senior CPC official: 2010 important year for Sino-Turkish relations

21:41, April 16, 2010      

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Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said here Friday the year 2010 is an important year for Sino-Turkish relations and urged for more efforts by the two countries to strengthen cooperation.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, met Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan during his official goodwill visit to Turkey.

"There is a broader perspective for the development of the Sino- Turkish relations," Li said during his meeting. "The two sides should grab this historical opportunity and step up mutually beneficial cooperation from all respects to serve the interests of people in both countries."

He said both China and Turkey are making new national development strategies, with China focusing on restructuring its economy and changing its mode of growth and Turkey aiming to become one of the world's 10 biggest economies by 2023.

To further promote bilateral ties, China and Turkey should make more consultations and coordination regarding issues of major concerns to both sides, expand economic cooperation in a practical way and intensify joint efforts in anti-terrorism and security areas, said Li.

He also called on the two countries to increase cultural exchanges, while conveying a warm welcome for Turkish people to visit the 2010 World Expo due to be held in the Chinese city of Shanghai from May 1 to October 31.

Li also proposed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in project contracting, finance, energy, railway and civil aviation.

China also considers to launch more Confucius Institutes, the institutions for foreigners to learn Chinese language and culture overseas, in Turkey. Currently, Turkey runs two Confucius Institutes in Ankara and Istanbul, respectively, according to Li.

He also suggested the two countries sending media groups for providing more information about the other and thus enhancing understanding of the two peoples.

Babacan hailed Li's visit as fruitful, saying the trip had injected new energy into the Sino-Turkish cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields.

Turkey shares a lot of common interests with China and has a strong willingness to enhance relations with China in an all- rounded way, said Babacan.

He told Li that Turkey will firmly adhere to the one-China policy and continue to work for more solid, stable diplomatic ties with China.

Turkey wants to see more mutual investment with China and there 's a huge potential for the two countries' economic and cultural cooperation in a third place, said Babacan.

A series of bilateral agreements were signed after the meeting, including those on the establishment of cultural centers in each other and the construction of a 150 million-U.S. dollar joint thermal power project in central Turkey's Cankiri Province.

Li arrived in Turkey on Wednesday and flew to Ankara on Thursday night. He is expected to leave Turkey for Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Source: Xinhua


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