On the afternoon of April 10, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Great Hall of the People.
Hu said bilateral relations have developed smoothly in recent years under the joint efforts of both sides, adding exchanges and cooperation have made great progress in all areas. The establishment and development of the bilateral strategic cooperative relations have brought tangible benefits to both peoples and also exerted positive influence on peace and development of the world, he said.
China appreciates the Turkish government for attaching importance to developing ties with China and adhering to the one-China policy, said Hu, adding that China is willing to enhance political mutual understanding with Turkey, respect and care for each other's core concerns, and support each other on major issues concerning sovereignty and territorial integrity. Noting that China and Turkey have complementary economies, Hu called on both sides to tap their own advantages and deepen pragmatic cooperation in all areas, so as to push forward the bilateral strategic cooperation. As the Year of Chinese Culture in Turkey is being held in 2012 and the Year of Turkish Culture in China will be held next year, Hu suggested that both sides take this opportunity to boost bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges and enhance understanding and traditional friendship between both peoples. Hu said as the international situation is complex and volatile, the world economic recovery is tentative and the situation in West Asia and North Africa remains turbulent, China and Turkey should strengthen coordination on multilateral affairs as well as major international and regional issues to jointly safeguard and promote world peace and development.
Erdogan said during his current visit, he held in-depth, fruitful discussions with the Chinese side on bilateral cooperation. Turkey-China strategic cooperative relations have huge potential and broad prospects for development. Turkey hopes to maintain high-level exchanges with China and expand mutually beneficial cooperation and communication in the areas of economy and trade, investment and culture. He reaffirmed that Turkey will stick to the one-China policy. Turkey underscores China's position and role in major regional and international issues, and is willing to enhance coordination and cooperation with China, said Erdogan.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was also present at the meeting.