Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Pekin Büyükelçiliği

Konuşma Metinleri

Address at the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Home and Abroad News Press, 09.03.2011

“Thank you for the opportunity to address such a distinguished gathering on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Home and Abroad News Press.



Turks and the Chinese have a common history dating back literally thousands of years. We were neighbors at one point around today’s Mongolia and Inner Mongolia.



Our contacts did not break off when my ancestors migrated to the western part of the hemisphere, thanks to the Silk Road that we maintained our cultural and economic ties through the historic “optic fiber” of the 8th to the 17th centuries.



In our modern times we are now rediscovering each other. 2010 has been a momentous year in which our two Prime Ministers, Prime Minister H.E. Erdogan and Premier H.E. Wen have elevated our level of friendship and cooperation to the point of strategic relationship.



In 2010 China became our 3rd largest trade partner after the Russian Federation and Germany with our bilateral trade standing at 19 billion US dollars.



Turkey is a country like China, you have to see it to believe it. With its very unique geo-strategic location it has enormous prospects to offer to businessmen, scientists, artists, students, academics, in other words to people from all walks of life.



We have always extended a helpful hand to each other in difficult times.



We have not left our Chinese friends alone while they were repatriating their citizens from Northern Africa recently.



I would like to thank Home and Abroad News Press for bringing our people closer to one another.



See you in Turkey! Tu Er Qi Jian!



Xie Xie!”