On February 21, 2012, visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu in Istanbul.
Vice President Xi said that he had a candid and in-depth exchange of views with the Turkish leaders on bilateral relations and major issues of common concern during his visit to Turkey. The two sides reached a lot of important consensus and signed a number of cooperation documents. Vice President Xi's visit to Turkey was productive.
Vice President Xi said that Istanbul has a unique geographical advantage of being the place where Asia and Europe meet. Istanbul has a long history and diverse cultures and is full of the vitality of the modern economy. Istanbul plays an important role as the bridge and link for the friendly relations between China and Turkey. Istanbul Province is the sister province of China's Guangdong Province. Istanbul City is the sister city of Shanghai City. There are more and more Chinese tourists traveling to Istanbul. China encourages Chinese enterprises to invest in Turkey, especially to participate in the economic construction of Istanbul. China also welcomes the businessmen of Istanbul Province to seek develop opportunities and explore new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation in China. Xi expressed the hope that the exchanges between local provinces and cities could increase mutual understanding between the two peoples and enrich the bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation. He also hoped that the Governor could continue to care for and support the cause of bilateral friendship and make positive contributions to enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries and peoples.
Mutlu said that the people of Istanbul were honored and proud to receive Vice President Xi. Both Turkey and China have long histories and civilizations. In recent years, the two economies have both achieved rapid development. The two sides have a lot of future-oriented cooperation opportunities and projects. Istanbul is willing to continue to play a constructive role in developing the friendly relations and cooperation between Turkey and China. He hoped that the rapid development of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation will bring more benefits to both peoples.