Turkey de­clares ETIM a ter­ror group

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China ap­pre­ci­ates Turkey’s de­ci­sion to put the East Turkestan Is­lamic Move­ment on its list of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said on Thurs­day.

“Both sides agree that deep­en­ing anti-ter­ror­ism co­op­er­a­tion and safe­guard­ing com­mon se­cu­rity are in line with the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of China and Turkey,” Wang said at a news con­fer­ence af­ter meet­ing with his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Mev­lut Cavu­soglu in Bei­jing.

Cavu­soglu, who be­gan a two-day visit to China on Wed­nes­day, met with Wang a se­cond time on Thurs­day.

“China firmly sup­ports Turkey’s ef­forts to safe­guard na­tional sovereignty, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity,” Wang said. “Turkey has put the ETIM on its list of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, and China ap­pre­ci­ates its de­ci­sion.”

The ETIM was listed as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in 2002 and was re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in China.

Dur­ing their meet­ings, the two min­is­ters also agreed to fur­ther align the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and Turkey’s Mid­dle Cor­ri­dor plan, ad­vance co­op­er­a­tion on ma­jor strate­gic projects, and pro­mote more achieve­ments in the econ­omy, tourism and ed­u­ca­tion.

“China and Turkey are both im­por­tant emerg­ing mar­ket economies, and the two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion has a good foun­da­tion and can be com­ple­men­tary,” Wang said.

Cavu­soglu said his coun­try highly val­ues the re­la­tion­ship with China and will stead­fastly fol­low the one-China pol­icy.

“Turkey re­gards China’s se­cu­rity as its own and will never al­low any ac­tiv­ity that harms China’s sovereignty and se­cu­rity to hap­pen within its bor­ders,” he said.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son re­it­er­ated on Tues­day that Wash­ing­ton had sought to per­suade Py­ongyang to give up its mis­sile and nu­clear weapons pro­grams through peace­ful pres­sure.

When asked about those com­ments dur­ing the joint news con­fer­ence, Wang said China at­tached im­por­tance to Tiller­son’s re­marks about the Korean Peninsula and hoped that the US can im­ple­ment them suc­cess­fully.

Wang said he hoped all par­ties can meet halfway and quickly find a so­lu­tion that ad­dresses each other’s se­cu­rity con­cerns.

“This is the most cru­cial key to open the stick­ing point of the Korean Peninsula nu­clear is­sue and re­al­ize de­nu­cle­ariza­tion there,” he said.

Ruan Zongze, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said the ETIM has been ac­tive for a long time in Turkey and other coun­tries in the Mid­dle East.

“The clear po­si­tion of Turkey this time will help greatly push for­ward the China-Turkey re­la­tion­ship,” he said.

The two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion has a good foun­da­tion and can be com­ple­men­tary.” Wang Yi, for­eign min­is­ter

Zhou Jin con­trib­uted to the story.

FENG YONGBIN / CHINA DAILY

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi meets with his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Mev­lut Cavu­soglu in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

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