Interview: New CPC leadership to lead China toward better future -- Turkish FM

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-09 18:11:37|Editor: Zhou Xin
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ISTANBUL, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Turkey believes the new leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will continue the country's path toward "a better and productive future" and put forward new ideas for international cooperation, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Commenting on the 19th CPC National Congress and the report Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered at the opening session in an email interview with Xinhua earlier this week, he said, "The strategic vision set by President Xi in the Congress is an indicator of the following stages of this journey."

"The Party has demonstrated a resolute stance in harmonizing continuity and renewal, which is reflected in the composition of the new leadership," added the minister.

"The Congress also affirms that emerging challenges require new perspectives," he said. "The emphasis on the concept 'new era' in the opening speech of President Xi Jinping in the 19th Congress underlined the importance of this approach."

Xi's report has provided a "comprehensive picture" on the future of China, he said, noting that the Chinese government is committed to deepening the reform process.

"The synthesis of discipline, authority, planning on the one hand, and creativity, innovation and openness on the other underlines the Chinese characteristics toward development," he said. "We wish the CPC and the Chinese Government success in their efforts to build a prosperous future."

The minister said he believes that China will continue to put forward "new and fresh ideas" toward international cooperation. "Building new partnerships, focusing on development, prioritizing mutual respect are all key factors for the future," he added.

"The emphasis on the win-win approach also continues to be a key aspect for the 'new era'. We believe that China would take into consideration the expectations of all its partners to be able to realize the potential set by this approach," he noted.

"From this perspective, recent large-scale initiatives such as 'Belt and Road' are important for the benefit of all participants," he said.

Turkey has agreed to align its Middle Corridor project with China's Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

On Turkey-China relations, Cavusoglu said the two countries "share a common will for the peaceful resolution of conflicts as part of their foreign policy visions."

He noted that bilateral relations have been "elevated to a very positive and constructive level" in recent years, which features regular bilateral meetings through various consultation mechanisms and multiple meetings between Xi and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"Our strategic cooperation is strong; our economy and trade relations are stable and still offer a huge potential for further improvement," said the minister.

"Turkey is also enthusiastic about playing a more active role in regional and global cooperation through the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank," he added.

"We have been able to develop our bilateral relations through mutual confidence, respect and understanding," he said. "Globalization is pushing us toward new approaches to cooperation."

Describing bilateral cooperation on counter-terrorism as "a significant aspect of our relations," he stressed that "we should not forget that there are global threats requiring common responses."

"We are well aware of each other's sensitivities," he noted. "It is important that we keep communication channels open."

He also expressed hope for more people-to-people contacts, expecting the Turkish Year of Tourism in China in 2018 to give the relations "a huge boost."

"There is an increasing interest in Turkey about China and Chinese culture. We see the same trend in China," he said.

"President Xi's sincere approach toward Turkey is matched by President Erdogan's strong will to improve our ties with China," said Cavusoglu. "I have no doubt that this vision and determination would continue to yield positive results."