On October 8, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Istanbul.
Wen conveyed to President Gul the regards and best wishes from President Hu Jintao. Wen said the Chinese people have always held friendly feelings towards Turkish people. The ancient Silk Road linked the two sides as early as over 1000 years ago. China and Turkey have witnessed frequent high-level bilateral exchanges, steady growth of economic, trade and investment cooperation, and good cooperation in regional and international affairs since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The establishment of a strategic relationship of cooperation, which the two sides have agreed upon, is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and the peoples and is beneficial to world peace and development, he said. Wen said China is willing to work together with Turkey on the implementation of the important consensus and agreements that the two sides have reached to turn a new chapter in bilateral relations.
Gul asked Wen to convey his regards and best wishes to President Hu Jintao. He said Wen's successful visit to Turkey is sure to bring bilateral relations to a new level. He reiterated Turkey's adherence to the one-China policy. The Turkish president said that he saw great potential in the bilateral economic and trade cooperation and that Chinese enterprises are welcome to be involved in Turkish economic development for mutual benefit. Gul said mutual understanding between the two peoples is very important and he hoped that the two countries will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year with further expansion of bilateral cultural exchanges and tourism cooperation.