Chinese cultural events in Turkey to boost
A series of large-scale Chinese cultural events to be held
in Turkey are aimed at boosting Turkish people's
understanding of China and lay a foundation for the two
countries' strategic cooperative relationship, Chinese
ambassador to Turkey Gong Xiaosheng stated.
The Xinjiang Song and Dance
Troupe is about to go to Turkey to participate in
the opening ceremony of the "Experience China in
Turkey" program. [Xinhua photo]
The "Experience China in Turkey" program is due to begin on
Sunday and covers nine major events, such as the
Chinese-Turkish political and economic forums, Chinese folk
dance shows, Chinese movie and television weeks and
exchanges between journalists and writers.
Around 100 Chinese artists, writers, academicians and
journalists will visit Turkey during the events, Ambassador
Gong told Xinhua in an interview.
"This is the largest cultural communication activity between
China and Turkey since the two countries established
diplomatic ties in 1971," said Gong. "I believe it will
become the modern-era Silk Road to facilitate our people's
The program follows the recent visit of Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao, who announced with Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan here last week that China and Turkey will
upgrade their bilateral ties to strategic cooperative
The two governments signed eight agreements on cooperation
in such areas as trade, transport, infrastructure and
culture during Wen's visit.
The visit successfully pushed China-Turkey ties forward to a
new stage and drew a blueprint for the two countries' future
relations, said Gong.
"The development of bilateral ties is driven not only by
mutually beneficial economic and political cooperation, but
also by the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship
between the peoples," he said.
Although China and Turkey used to be linked by the ancient
Silk Road more than 2,000 years ago, the two nations have a
long way to go to really understand each other, Gong told
"A lot of incidents showed it is difficult for us to get
objective and comprehensive knowledge if we learn of each
other through the third party, especially the West. We can
be easily misled by others," he said. "The more globalized
the world becomes, the faster China-Turkey ties develop, the
more we need to build a direct channel for dialogue."
The Experience China in Turkey events are intended to
introduce the essence of Chinese culture and art to Turkish
people and provide an opportunity for them to know Chinese
people's way of thinking and daily life, said Gong.
Besides the program, the Year of China in Turkey and the
Year of Turkey in China will be held in 2012 and 2013
In order to boost tourism and people-to-people exchanges,
authorities had agreed to increase the number of weekly
China- bound flights by Turkish Airlines to 21 from the
current 14 and add southern Chinese city Guangzhou to the
destination list, which includes only Beijing and Shanghai
at present, said Gong.
"We hope all those efforts will make Turkey become China's
gateway to the west and China a gateway to the east for
Turkey," he said.
Trade between China and Turkey surged from more than 1
billion U.S. dollars in 2000 to 12.6 billion U.S. dollars in
2008 but dropped 19.8 percent year-on-year to 10.08 billion
dollars in 2009 as a result of the global recession, Chinese
official figures showed.
Experience China in Turkey events are sponsored by the State
Council Information Office of China and jointly held by
China's Cultural Ministry, Turkey's Foreign Ministry and
Ministry of Cultural and Tourism.
(Xinhua News Agency October 15, 2010)