The President of CASS Wang Weiguang met with Murat Salim Esenli, the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to China, on the 22nd of November in CASS. The two men held talks on the state of the China-Turkey bilateral relationship, and on academic exchanges between the two countries.
Wang congratulated Esenli on assuming a new post back in Turkey, and expressed his happiness at having the chance to bid farewell to him before his leaving the office of ambassador to China. He also extended his gratitude for Esenli’s contributions to Sino-Turkish friendship and to the academic exchanges between CASS and Turkish academia.
Wang said that since 1971, when China and Turkey established diplomatic relations, bilateral ties have been developing smoothly along with the bourgeoning contact between the two states.
Hailing the relationship between CASS and Turkey, Wang noted that CASS has long been associated with Turkey. He said that in 2011 he led a delegation to Istanbul and Ankara himself, and these two cities impressed him a great deal. Academic exchanges between CASS and the Turkish academic community have been conducted mainly in two ways. On the one hand CASS has fostered partnership with the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and the two sides have jointly hosted a large-scale symposium on major international issues of common concern. On the other hand, CASS has also collaborated with the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), which is subordinated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in the successful launch of the First Symposium on Islamic Civilization. The second Symposium will be held next year.
Wang further stressed that Turkey has contributed significantly to human civilization and played a great role in the development of human history. It is hoped that Turkey can play a greater role in its future endeavors to promote world peace, and that Ensenli, after his new appointment in Turkey, can make a greater contribution to pushing forward China-Turkey relations, and strengthening academic exchange between Turkey and CASS.
Esenli, on the other hand, thanked Wang Weiguang for attending the farewell meeting amidst his busy schedule, and meanwhile highly complimented the Presidents of CASS for the efforts they have made to enhance China-Turkey exchanges. He claimed that since taking up the post of ambassador to China, he has felt the need to open up more new channels of contact between Turkey and China, so as to bring about a deeper and more straightforward bilateral information exchange and enhance mutual understanding. To this end, both China and Turkey have devoted unremitting efforts to overcoming obstacles of various sorts. During the past five years, both sides have maintained increasingly close high-level contact, thus providing an immense driving force for the development of bilateral ties. Bilateral economic and trade relations and individual exchanges, in particular, are becoming increasingly dynamic. In 2012 and 2013, for instance, the two countries held mutual “Year of Culture” activities, which yielded good results.
Esenli said that bilateral academic exchanges have increased noticeably over the past five years, signifying an important trend in the development of Turkey-China relations. Especially since 2011, the two countries have seen a growing number of jointly-held conferences and more frequent exchanges of academics. He added that he was glad to see that CASS has not only maintained a sound relationship with the Center for Strategic Research of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but also gradually broadened its cooperation to Turkish colleges and universities. In addition to the jointly hosted cultural and arts symposiums, the two countries also held a seminar on the “Silk Road” not long ago. Esenli said that he expected the historically-renowned “Silk Road” to bear greater significance in future bilateral exchanges.
Translated by Chen Mirong