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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On March 25, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

Wang Yi said that in recent years, great progress has been made in the China-Turkey strategic cooperative relations under the guidance of the leaders of both countries. In particular, during the pandemic period, the bilateral ties have stood the test of the pandemic as the two countries offer mutual support and assistance to overcome the difficulties. The friendship between the two peoples has been further deepened. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Turkey. The bilateral relations are at a historic moment of building on past achievements and opening up new prospects. China is willing to work with Turkey to enhance mutual trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and elevate the strategic cooperative relations to a new level.

Wang Yi said that China supports the independence and sovereignty of Turkey, and respects the social system, economic model, and path of development chosen by the Turkish side that fit its national conditions. The essence of Xinjiang-related issues is fighting against violence, terrorism and separatism. China hopes that the Turkish side will continue to offer understanding and support to China on issues related to China's core interests and major concerns.

Wang Yi said that China will continue to support Turkey's pandemic fight until it achieves a full victory. He believes the China-Turkey traditional friendship will be further solidified through the joint fight against the pandemic. Some powers attempt to politicize vaccine cooperation and attach labels to it, which undermines the global fight against the pandemic and should be rejected by all nations.

Noting that the China-Turkey cooperation is all-dimensional, Wang Yi said that the two sides should make good use of all kinds of cooperative mechanisms and strengthen policy communication and coordination to increase exports of Turkey's quality products to China, currency swaps, major projects, and people-to-people exchanges, so as to achieve better results in the win-win cooperation.

Wang Yi stressed that China is willing to strengthen its strategic coordination with Turkey in supporting multilateralism, rejecting unilateralism, safeguarding the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order based on international law, and jointly building a community with a shared future for mankind. China has proposed a five-point initiative for achieving the security and stability in the Middle East based on an objective and fair attitude and the wills of most countries in the region. China is ready to work with Turkey to maintain regional peace and stability. China welcomes Turkey's delegation to take part in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Cavusoglu said that Turkey has always abided by the one-China principle and is committed to elevating the Turkey-China strategic cooperative ties. Turkey will never get involved in any actions that are hostile to China, while prohibiting any violent terrorist acts against China on its territory. The Turkish side appreciates China's vaccine cooperation with Turkey, and expects to deepen such cooperation. Turkey rejects the vaccine politicization and is willing to work with China to jointly push forward the building of a global community of health for all. The Turkish side hopes to strengthen the cooperation with China on implementing major projects, deepen the synergy of its Middle Corridor project with the Belt and Road Initiative, increase exports to China, expand the people-to-people exchanges, and welcome the establishment of cultural centers in each other's countries. The Turkish side appreciates China's initiative for the security and stability in the Middle East, and is willing to enhance Turkey's communication and coordination with China on regional issues. Turkey hopes China to take an active part in the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan. Turkey has always opposed politicizing sports events, welcomes China to host the Winter Olympics and will encourage Turkish athletes to actively take part in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Turkey looks forward to working with China to safeguard the multilateral system.

The two foreign ministers also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.

The Turkish side introduces the effectiveness of the Chinese vaccines

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