|Turkey, China vow to enhance parliamentary cooperation|
ANKARA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Mehmet Saglam, deputy speaker of the Turkish parliament, held a tete-a-tete talks with Zhou Tienong, Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, in Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday, vowing to strengthen bilateral parliamentary ties on multiple levels.
Noting that high-level exchanges between Turkey and China have strengthened political ties and mutual trust, Mehmet Saglam said that bilateral parliamentary ties should be upgraded by founding friendly groups.
"By mutual visiting of the group members, we can get to know each other's culture and people better. And the first-hand information captured by the group members will surely benefit mutual understanding of the people," Mehmet Saglam said.
He thus introduced that the Turkish Parliament has established more than 130 such parliamentary friendly groups with different countries so far.
Meanwhile, Zhou Tienong said that in the past two millenniums, the Chinese-Turkish friendly relationship has never halted, confronting tests of fluctuating international situation.
"Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now paying an official visit to China. I heard that several agreements have been reached during his visit. I am sure the visit will further push forward friendly ties between China and Turkey," said Zhou.
Noting that the importance of people-to-people contact should be on par with high-level ones, Zhou said that "as a representative of Chinese people, Chinese National People's Congress would like to further cooperation with Turkish parliament in terms of special commissions, subsidiary bodies and parliament members."
Further, Zhou introduced China's 12th Five Year Plan (2011-15) for Economic and Social Development to Turkish parliament members.
Zhou and his delegation arrived in Ankara on Monday and will proceed to Istanbul this afternoon.
In 2011, trade volume between China and Turkey had touched 25 billion U.S. dollars while over 100,000 Chinese people visited Turkey. Turkey is hosting the China Culture Year in 2012, and China will host the Turkey Culture Year in 2013.