Chinese envoy attends Turkish President’s inauguration ceremony

Ding Zhongli

4th June 2023 – (Ankara) Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, Ding Zhongli, attended the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Saturday. Ding, who is also the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, had a brief meeting with Erdogan during the ceremony.

In their meeting, Ding emphasized China’s strategic and long-term approach to its relationship with Turkey, and expressed China’s readiness to work with Turkey to enhance political mutual trust, promote practical cooperation, deepen traditional friendship, and advance the strategic cooperation relationship between the two countries.

Erdogan, for his part, expressed Turkey’s readiness to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields and take the bilateral relations to a higher level.

The attendance of the Chinese envoy at the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish president highlights the importance that China places on its relationship with Turkey, and signals its commitment to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries.

China and Turkey have been working to deepen their economic and political ties in recent years. In 2019, the two countries signed a deal to promote the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, a Chinese-led infrastructure and investment project aimed at enhancing connectivity and trade among countries along the ancient Silk Road routes.

Turkey is also a key partner for China in the Middle East region, with the two countries cooperating closely on issues such as counter-terrorism and regional stability.

Overall, the attendance of the Chinese envoy at the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish president is a positive development for the bilateral ties between the two countries, and signals the potential for further cooperation and collaboration in the future.