Turkey-China relations enter a period of 'maturity and stability,' says Chinese ambassador
by Daily Sabah
ankaraDec 19, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Dec 19, 2016 12:00 am
China's ambassador to Ankara, Yu Hongyang said the relationship between his country and Turkey has entered a period of "maturity and stability," offering fresh opportunities for development.
Ambassador Hongyang speaking in Istanbul on Dec.16, said China has declared 2018 as its "Turkey Tourism Year," with an aim to boost ties and improve the friendship between the two countries. Every year, more than 120 million Chinese tourist travel abroad and over 310,000 Chinese tourists visited Turkey in 2015, a 57 percent increase compared to 2014. The 2018 tourism year is expected to increase Turkey's share in the Chinese market even further. Underlining that China was Turkey's second biggest trade partner, Ambassador Hongyang said in the first nine months of 2016, the trade volume reached $14.8 billion. Replying to a question on the "One Belt, One Road" project, the ambassador said, it aims to improve cooperation by connecting political, commercial and economic sectors, thereby, connecting the hearts of the people.
The Chinese ambassador added that in May 2017, they are planning to hold an international summit as part of the "One Belt, One Road" project, with the participation of heads of states from many countries. Reminding that the project, was well-received by the countries in the region, as they all yearned for an inclusive and balanced regional economic cooperation, Ambassador Hongyang said China and Turkey need to explore new possibilities for cooperation and should build a third market.