On October 8, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Both sides agreed to establish and develop China-Turkey strategic cooperative relations and uplift the level of friendly cooperation in all areas.
Wen said that China and Turkey enjoy a long history of exchanges and traditional friendly relations. As newly emerging developing countries, the two nations share common interests in a wide range of areas including politics, security, economy and culture. Enhancing cooperation is of great and far-reaching significance to the respective development of both countries as well as to the building of a more fair and rational international order. Premier Wen put forward proposals on advancing bilateral ties in the following aspects:
First, strengthen political dialogue. Wen urged both sides to support expanded exchanges between the government agencies, parliaments and political parties of the two countries to build up mutual understanding and trust. Premier Wen invited Erdogan to pay an official visit to China at a convenient time. The two countries have officially launched a mechanism of joint working group of the two foreign ministries to keep closer strategic consultations and coordination.
Second, enhance cooperation in combating the three evil forces. China appreciates the Turkish government's adherence to the one-China policy. China and Turkey both faced the threat of the three evil forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism and should support and cooperate with each other on issues concerning major issues including state sovereignty, territorial integrity and security.
Third, boost economic and trade cooperation. China will continue to take active measures to increase import of competitive Turkish products to ensure a balanced trade. China is ready to actively participate in and offer financial support for railway, subway, bridge, electric power and other major project construction in Turkey. The Chinese government encourages its businesses to expand investment in Turkey and explore new markets together with the Turkish side. Turkish companies are welcome to develop in China. Efforts should also be made to enhance business, personnel and information exchanges between the two countries. Wen called on both sides to support their financial institutions and banks to set up branches in the other side.
Fourth, boost people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China is ready to work with Turkey to promote tourism cooperation. Wen suggested the two countries take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year to hold a range of celebrations and build up mutual understanding and friendship between both peoples.
Fifth, strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs. China attaches great importance to Turkey's international status and role and is ready to work closely with it in the UN, the Group of 20 and other multilateral mechanisms so as to safeguard interests of developing countries.
Erdogan said the two countries enjoy a time-honored history and long-term friendship. Turkey attaches great importance to developing ties with China. The establishment of China-Turkey strategic cooperative relations is an important milestone in bilateral ties and will strongly promote mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas. Turkey is ready to further strengthen high-level exchanges with China and join hands to combat the three evil forces in an effort to safeguard national unity and territorial integrity. Erdogan pledged to deepen bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, energy, culture and tourism and enhance coordination in international and regional affairs to jointly meet challenges.
Prior to the talks, Erdogan held a grand welcome ceremony for Premier Wen.
Following the talks, the two leaders issued a joint declaration. They also attended a signing ceremony of cooperation documents on economy, technology and culture and jointly met the press.
On the same day, Premier Wen also met with Ihsan Arslan, president of the Turkish-Chinese Friendship Group of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, and main members of the friendship group, exchanging views with them on how to strengthen bilateral friendly cooperative relations, especially exchanges between both peoples.