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Xi discusses bilateral ties, regional situation with Turkish leaders

(Xinhua)

13:12, February 22, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) meets with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

ISTANBUL, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The second day of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Turkey was packed by political meetings on topics ranging from economic cooperation to regional situation.

Xi met with Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek and held talks with President Abdullah Gul in Ankara earlier Tuesday. After arriving in Istanbul Tuesday afternoon, he met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Chinese vice president and Turkish leaders discussed ways and means to advance bilateral ties, particularly in economic and trade areas.

Both sides agreed to advance China-Turkey strategic and cooperative ties, which were officially forged in 2010.

During his talks with the Turkish president, Xi made a four-point proposal on furthering China-Turkey relations, including maintaining bilateral high-level exchanges, expanding economic and trade cooperation, stepping up people-to-people exchanges and cooperation, as well as enhancing cooperation on a multilateral basis.

He said China supports its enterprises to increase imports from Turkey and will address the issue of trade imbalance in an "comprehensive way", adding that China welcomes Turkey to increase its investment in China as well.

China is willing to work with Turkey to promote cooperation between their think tanks and non-governmental bodies, and expand tourism cooperation, said Xi.

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