As part of his visit Davutoğlu is also going to attend the closing ceremony of EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and visit the Turkic Uighur-populated Xinjiang and Qashqar regions, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Davutoğlu's visit to China following talks with Premier Wen Jiabao on Oct. 8. At their meeting Erdoğan and Jiabao signed a raft of agreements and approved the conduct of trade between China and Turkey in the respective national currencies -- which Erdoğan described as a "step that will help build [the] strategic partnership" between Ankara and Beijing -- while also committing to increase its volume to $100 billion by 2020. The level of trade between Turkey and China reached $14.2 billion last year, of which 80 percent is Chinese exports to Turkey, leaving Ankara with an $11 billion deficit. During Davutoğlu's visit, it is also expected that he will discuss regional and global issues with Chinese authorities. Turkey is a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council, where China is one of the five permanent seat holders.