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China and Turkey made great contributions to prosperity of human civilization: Xi

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(Beijing-AlummahWorld, Shawwal 15, 1436, July 31, 2015) Chinese President Xi Jinping called for closer cooperation between China and Turkey as he and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a China-Turkey business forum in Beijing.

Addressing the forum, Xi said China and Turkey made great contributions to exchanges and prosperity of human civilization as they stood at either end of the ancient Silk Road, China`s Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xi noted that both countries have set bold goals for the upcoming centenaries, and suggested they should cooperate to achieve them.

China is aiming to have built a "moderately prosperous" society by the time the Communist Party of China celebrates its centenary in 2021, and to have turned itself into a "modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious" when the People's Republic of China marks its centenary in 2049.

The year 2023 will meanwhile mark 100 years since the Republic of Turkey was established. According to Xinhua News, Xi proposed the two sides "make full use of the vice premier-level inter-governmental cooperation committee to boost cooperation politically, economically, culturally and on security."

He highlighted high-speed railways, new energy, aviation, finance and investment as particular areas of opportunity.
The Chinese president urged the Turkish side to create a more favorable environment for Chinese investors.

"Entrepreneurs are major players for win-win economic cooperation," Xi said, encouraging businessmen from both sides to work hard to turn the potential for cooperation into concrete results.

Erdogan, on a two-day state visit on Wednesday and Thursday, said improving economic ties have been an important driving force for the partnership between the nations. He reiterated Turkey's support for the China-proposed Belt and Road network of regional trade and infrastructure.

The Turkish government welcomes Chinese investment and will improve business conditions for Chinese companies, said the visiting president. Turkey is looking for closer trade links with China. Two-way trade has expanded to the current 24 billion US dollars. A target of 100 billion US dollars has been set by 2020.

"As the world's third largest investor, the Chinese government will continue to encourage more Chinese companies to invest in Turkey. I have seen many Chinese enterprises here. Many of them are very trustworthy and reliable."

"I hope you will seek more opportunities from this business forum and expand cooperation with Turkish companies in various fields. I also hope Turkey will provide a better investment environment for Chinese companies doing business there," Xi said.