Beijing, 14 January 2022 (TDI): Wang Yi, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister met with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Foreign Minister of Turkey. The two counterparts met in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province, on January 12, 2022

During the meeting, Wang Yi on China and Turkey to enhance mutual trust along with supporting each other to enhance bilateral ties for mutual benefit.

The Chinese Foreign Minister spoke highly of the development trend of the bilateral relations between Turkey and China. He noted that 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

He underscored that the two should stay committed to enhancing mutual trust and support as strategic partners. Moreover, he expressed hope that Turkey and China will support each other in safeguarding their national sovereignty, development interests, and security.

Wang Yi enunciated that the two partners should adhere to the basic norms of non-interference in the internal affairs of the other. Furthermore, they should enhance communication on issues and avoid participation in any international activities that target each other.

He further highlighted that Turkey was the first country to join the Belt and Road Initiative. There is a huge potential for trade between the two sides, thus they should expand collaboration in the domains of new energy, 5G, and big data as well as make use of the currency swap agreement.

China is ready to increase imports from Turkey. the Turkish Foreign Minister on his part expressed satisfaction over the development of the bilateral ties. He lauded the economic and trade cooperation as well as the connectivity between the two sides.

Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey is ready to increase cooperation on nuclear power with China. He enunciated that Turkey opposes politicizing sports events and wishes China a successful Beijing Winter Olympics.

The two counterparts also deliberated upon issues of common concern where Wang Yi said that China recognized the unique role of Turkey in international and regional affairs. Likewise, he called for coordination with Turkey to jointly protect true multilateralism.

Wang also expressed China’s stance on the submarine collaboration between the UK, US, and Australia. He said that the move will raise the threat of nuclear proliferation and initiate a new regional arms race. Besides, China is ready to work with all states to safeguard the international system of nuclear non-proliferation.