Premier Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan
On April 9, 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People.
Wen said that since China and Turkey established strategic cooperative relations in 2010, both sides have maintained frequent high-level exchanges as well as mutual understanding and support on major issues concerning each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity, with exchanges and cooperation deepening in various fields. "China attaches great importance to Turkey's role as a major emerging power," Wen told Erdogan. "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.
Wen proposed both sides make medium and long-term plans for economic and trade cooperation and strengthen the guiding and coordinating role of the government. Both sides should work closely to push for long-term, orderly and effective operation of bilateral infrastructure projects regarding railway and bridge, and expand cooperation in high-tech areas such as nuclear power, aerospace and electronics. Wen said China and Turkey should sign and implement the newly revised bilateral agreement on promotion and protection of investment as soon as possible, to offer legal guarantee and favorable conditions for cooperation among enterprises. Both sides should also take the opportunity of holding Culture Year in each other's country to enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
Echoing Premier Wen's comments on bilateral ties and his proposals on furthering the relations, Erdogan told Wen that the two countries enjoy friendly relations with broad prospects for development. Turkey is ready to cement high-level exchanges and strategic consultations with China, to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, build up understanding and friendship between both peoples and better safeguard their common interests.
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. 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.
After their talks, the two premiers witnessed the signing of relevant cooperation agreements.
Prior to the talks, Premier Wen held a welcome ceremony for Erdogan at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of China Democratic League Li Chong'an, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of Railways Sheng Guangzu, Chinese Ambassador to Turkey Gong Xiaosheng and other officials attended the welcome ceremony.