President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted the importance of enhanced bilateral relations as he was welcomed by his Chinese President Xi Jinping on his official State visit to Beijing on Tuesday.

“I believe that Turkey and China have great potential for strengthening cooperation,” Erdoğan said following the meeting with Xi at Great Hall of the People that lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes.

President Erdoğan said the two countries have enjoyed a thousand years of ties across ancient civilisations connected by Silk Road.

“This visit to China happens at a time of increased testing for global peace and stability. The strengthening of Turkey-China relations will also provide large and diverse contributions to regional and global stability,” President Erdoğan said.

He expressed thanks to China’s President and people for their hospitality.

President Xi said China and Turkey should “sincerely work toward upholding a multilateral world order with the United Nations at its core, a system based on international law, focusing on (the development of) science and technology.”

Turkey is an important link in China’s trillion-dollar “belt-and-road” initiative to build ports, highways, power plants and other infrastructure linking it to Europe, Africa, and Asia.

President Erdoğan was joined at the meeting by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, Energy, and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Industry, and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank and Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan.

National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, Defense Industries President Ismail Demir, Turkish Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın and Turkey’s Ambassador to Beijing Abdülkadir Emin Önen also participated in the meeting.