Senior CPC official: Sino-Turkish relations face new development chance

10:51, April 17, 2010      

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Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said here Friday the current Sino-Turkish relations see good development momentum and face new major opportunity.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

Gul in the meeting expressed sympathy over the serious earthquake in China's Qinghai Province, officially informing the Chinese side that Turkey has decided to send a quake relief team to China. Li, in return, thanked Turkey and briefed Gul China's all-out relief efforts after the quake.

On bilateral ties, Li said that his visit aimed to implement the consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Gul amidst Gul's 2009 China visit.

During the past two days, Li exchanged views with Turkish political and party leaders on furthering the bilateral ties and deepening cooperation in all areas.

He also met with Turkish business, media and educational communities and agreed with them on promoting cooperation in aviation, finance, culture and media.

"Sino-Turkish cooperation is compatible with the other, thus enjoying broad prospective," he said.

"Should the two sides view the growth of bilateral ties from strategic perspective and in line with mutual respect and trust, mutual benefit and equality, Sino-Turkish cooperation can make breakthrough in the new era," he added.

Gul said the all-round cooperation between the two countries " is of strategic significance" and "serves interests of the two peoples."

The Turkish president also said the Turkish side hopes to further the bilateral cooperation in such areas as high-speed rail system, oil pipeline and dam construction and is ready to further the exchanges in culture, tourism and media.

Li arrived in Turkey on Wednesday and flew to Ankara on Thursday night.

Source: Xinhua


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