China’s VP Xi in Turkey, eyes increased cooperation

Xi Jinping 习近平


China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, kicked off a key visit to Turkey on Monday night to boost already blossoming commercial ties between the two rising powers.

Xi, who is expected to be president of the world’s most populous nation next year, is set to have talks with Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a written statement he delivered upon his arrival in Ankara on Monday night.

Xi’s key visit to Turkey came following a week-long trip to the US and Ireland last week.

Trade Minister Zafer Çağlayan and Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yüksel greeted the Chinese vice president upon his arrival.

He said in the written statement that he came to Turkey on the invitation of President Abdullah Gül, aiming to deepen, what he described as, “understanding and friendship” between the two nations.

The last high-level visit to China by Turkish officials was in 2009, when Gül visited China, followed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s trip to Turkey a year later. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also paid a six-day visit to China in late 2010 and his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, came to Turkey in January of 2010.



Posted on February 20, 2012, in China, Turkey and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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