Monday, November 7, 2016

Turkish president praises frequent high-level contacts with China

Xinhua | 2016-11-06

ISTANBUL, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday lauded frequent high-level exchanges with China, saying they are important in promoting bilateral ties as well as communication and coordination between the two countries.  In his meeting with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Istanbul, Erdogan spoke of his last talks with President Xi Jinping in early September on the sidelines of the G20 summit in eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, in which the Turkish leader said an important understanding was reached with Xi and a strategic planning was mapped out for the development of Turkey-China relations.  The Turkish leader also referred to Wang's meeting with Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek in Ankara a day earlier, when the two co-chaired the first meeting of a governmental cooperation committee mechanism of deputy prime ministerial level between their countries.  Noting that Turkey and China had agreed to deepen cooperation on security and counterterrorism, Erdogan pledged more efforts to address properly Beijing's concerns in this regard.