On October 9, 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with representatives of business circles of Turkey in Istanbul.
Wen said during his visit to Turkey, both sides decided to establish China-Turkey strategic cooperative relations, including pushing forward bilateral large-scale cooperation on trade, investment, finance, energy and infrastructure construction. It will provide more development opportunities for businesses of both countries and broader space for Turkish business people. He expressed hope that both sides not only explore markets of each other, but also join hands in marching into the third-party market by tapping complementary advantages to the full. Wen urged both sides to boost cooperation on energy conservation, emission reduction, green economy, new materials and new energy to achieve sustainable economic growth. Both sides should make the best of China-Turkey economic and trade cooperation forum to promote mutual understanding and information sharing. He also suggested both sides properly handle disputes and problems based on the principles of mutual understanding and accommodation of each other’s concerns.
Wen said China-Turkey economic and trade cooperation is at a new starting point and the Chinese government is ready to work with the Turkish government to offer stronger support to business people and continuously improve trade and investment environment. It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, China-Turkey economic and trade cooperation will surely achieve more outcomes for the benefit of both peoples.
Representatives from the Turkish business community expressed their views and suggestions on furthering bilateral economic and trade cooperation, saying they are willing to join hands with their Chinese counterparts in deepening mutually beneficial cooperation on trade, investment, finance, transportation and renewable energy and push trade cooperation for new results.
On the same day, Premier Wen met with Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, governor of Istanbul. He also met with the staff of the Chinese Embassy in Turkey and representatives from Chinese-funded institutions, Chinese students and overseas Chinese.