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Turkey allows no terrorist activities that infringe China's sovereignty to be conducted on its territory: Turkish FM

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By Global Times Published: Jan 13, 2022 06:27 PM

Turkey won't allow terrorist activities targeting China or any anti-China activities that infringe China's sovereignty to take place on Turkey's territory, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevl├╝t Cavusoglu said during talks with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

The essence of issues around China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is about countering terrorism and separatism and the Chinese government has the responsibility to defend the region's security and stability, Wang Yi made the remarks during his talks with Cavusoglu on Wednesday, expressing hope that Turkey and other Islamic countries understand and support China's stance on topics of the Xinjiang region.

Wang met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevl├╝t Cavusoglu in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu Province, on Wednesday and they had candid exchanges on China-Turkey relations, bilateral cooperation and global and regional issues of shared concerns, Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said at a press conference on Thursday.

Wang Yi also had deep communication with Cavusoglu about China's Xinjiang region. The Chinese FM noted that the US and some Western countries have spread numerous disinformation about the region to disturb China's development.

Wang said that China hopes Turkey and the majority of the Islamic countries can understand and support China's justified stance on Xinjiang. As a strategic partner, China and Turkey should work together to enhance mutual trust and support each other to defend their own countries' sovereignty, security and interests for development. They should also adhere to the international principles of not interfering in other countries' domestic affairs, not to join in activities targeting other nations and promote mutual understanding on divergences of history and ethnic nationalities.

Cavusoglu said that Turkey adheres to the one-China principle and will not allow anti-China activities or terrorist activities or any activities that infringe China's sovereignty to be conducted on Turkey's territory. The FM added that Turkey already listed the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement" as a terrorist organization and banned its activities within Turkey's territory.

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