China, Turkey upgrade ties to strategic cooperative relationship during Wen's visit

13:19, October 09, 2010      

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  Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference in Ankara, capital of Turkey, Oct. 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

  China and Turkey have agreed to upgrade their bilateral ties to the level of a strategic relationship of cooperation during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's current visit to the Eurasian country.

  Wen and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement at a press conference following their meeting here on Friday.

  Wen said he and Erdogan reached broad consensus during the talks, noting the decision to set up the strategic cooperative relationship would have an important effect on world peace and development.

  China and Turkey both faced the threat of the three evil forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism and shared common interests in safeguarding the integrity of territory and sovereignty, Wen said.

  He said China would continue to deepen mutual political trust and take active measures to promote trade with Turkey, whose influence in regional and international affairs China attached importance to.

  China would encourage investment by Chinese enterprises in Turkey and facilitate cooperation in various economic fields, such as power projects, bridge construction and the financial sector, Wen said.

  Erdogan said he had very successful talks with Wen and Turkey and China would take a new step in bilateral relations.

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