China is ready to advance cooperation with Turkey in combatting terrorism to better fulfill the common task of safeguarding national unification and territorial integrity and opposing separatism, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here Sunday.
Yang made the remarks when meeting in Beijing with Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan, who paid the visit to China as special envoy of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The visit "indicated Turkey's political will to further its relationship with China," Yang said during the one-hour meeting, adding China attached great importance to promoting the ties with Turkey.
China was ready to strengthen the bilateral relations on the basis of universally recognized norms of international relations, he said.
Yang said China always held that safeguarding the overall development of the bilateral relations could serve the fundamental interests of the two peoples.
Both China and Turkey were faced with common tasks of protecting national unification and territorial integrity. The two countries enjoyed long-standing coordination in security fields including anti-terrorism, Yang said.
China would work with Turkey to boost the cooperation in this regard, so as to better carry out the common task of safeguarding national unification and territorial integrity and opposing separatism, he said.
Yang also said that the July 5 riot in Urumqi was neither an ethnic problem nor a religious issue, but an incident plotted and organized by the "East Turkestan" separatist forces both inside and outside China. It had a profound political background.