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Xi looks to the future at journey's end

By Cheng Guangjin (China Daily)

08:28, February 23, 2012

China's Vice-President Xi Jinping speaks during the Turkey-China Economic & Trade Cooperation Forum in Istanbul February 22, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)

Vice-president addresses key forum in Turkey at conclusion of visit

BEIJING - Vice-President Xi Jinping wrapped up a three-day visit to Turkey on Wednesday with a call to boost trade and cooperation with a country that prides itself on being a gateway to Europe and Asia.

Xi made the call when addressing a Sino-Turkish business forum in Istanbul, attended by hundreds of business leaders from China and Turkey, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Companies from the two countries will sign contracts worth nearly $1.38 billion, the AFP reported, quoting Zafer Caglayan, Turkey's finance minister.

The forum was Xi's final event in Turkey and the last official engagement in a 10-day journey that saw him also visit the United States and Ireland.

In his forum address Xi rejected protectionism and called for enhanced cultural exchanges and more contact between the people of the two countries.

Xi suggested that both countries boost growth in various sectors including finance, renewable energy, high-tech and mining.

The three-day visit highlights China's readiness for greater cooperation with Turkey and is an example for developing countries, said Yao Kuangyi, former Chinese ambassador to Turkey.

"As big emerging economies, the two countries have great potential to cooperate," Yao told China Daily.

China also faces development challenges, especially in its vast western regions, he said.

China and Turkey both have concrete plans in place to boost development and aspects of their two economies dovetail nicely, Xi said.

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Ron at 2012-02-23113.231.245.*
helen- It is unfortunate that you are not the Chinese VP. He does not seem to embrace your hatred for America. For that matter neither does President Hu
helen at 2012-02-23203.82.92.*
Mao had maintained that there would always be two lines in the CPC. The last few years have seen a struggle between the Qing Court Line and the Chinese Line.We all hope that the Chinese Line would prevail to prove that "The Chinese People Have REALLY Stood Up!".Year 2012 is a very critical time for China and the Chinese people. With continuing subversion, encirclement, containment ..... and demonisation of the Chinese people and China by the United States, extending the more than "Hundred Years of Humiliation by foreign powers" would be fatal to the CPC.

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