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Premier Wen holds talks with Turkish PM


08:04, April 10, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the welcoming ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, April 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao held talks on Monday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Beijing, agreeing to facilitate trade and nuclear power cooperation.

"China attaches great importance to Turkey's role as a major emerging power," Wen told Erdogan, who is on the first official trip to China by a Turkish prime minister in 27 years.

"Against the backdrop of continuous instability in West Asia and North Africa as well as the sluggish growth of global economy, the two nations should step up strategic communication and coordination to maintain regional peace and stability, deepen cooperation and realize common development," said the Chinese premier.

In their nearly two-hour-long talks, Erdogan told Wen his government firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and will never allow any anti-China secessionist activity by anyone in his country.

The Turkish prime minister started his four-day visit to China on Sunday. Before arriving in Beijing Monday afternoon, Erdogan visited Urumqi, capital city of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region -- the first Turkish prime minister to visit the region.

Erdogan said he had witnessed and was impressed by the great changes of Xinjiang, adding his government hopes to further enhance exchanges and cooperation with the region.

Wen appreciated Erdogan's support for China's unity and Xinjiang's stable development, adding the Chinese government backs friendly exchanges and cooperation between Xinjiang and Turkey.

The two premiers exchanged views on the issues of Syria and Iran.

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Hakki Buyukbas at 2012-04-11193.255.88.*
Close Sino-turkish relations would contribute better balancing against the west-orientied international order.

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