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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Turkey visit: Regional issues on agenda

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Turkey has been maintaining close ties with China but the ties between the two countries have now entered another level due to COVID-19 which has devastated Ankara’s economy.

— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, on June 25, 2019. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to learn lessons from “the messages that given by people” in June 23 re-elections in Istanbul at which his ruling party suffered a historic blow. (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya/IANS)

Ankara, March 24: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be on a three-day visit to Turkey (from Wednesday till Friday), according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

“Bilateral relations, as well as current regional and international issues, will be discussed during the visit,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

He is expected to be received by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the press release added.

Since 2016, Turkey has been maintaining close ties with China but the ties between the two countries have now entered another level due to COVID-19 which has devastated Ankara’s economy.

Turkey’s deficit widened in April to $5.60 billion from just $500 million in late 2019, due to the combination of a trade deficit and a reduction in revenues from tourism.

China has also benefitted immensely from Turkey as Ankara completed a railroad from Kars in eastern Turkey via Tbilisi, Georgia, to Baku, Azerbaijan, on the Caspian Sea, from where it links to transportation networks to China.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects helped Turkey as a transportation corridor and have boosted Erdogan’s political brand.

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