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    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shake hands before a meeting in Ankara, on November 13, 2016.

    Ankara Vows to Never Allow Any Activity in Turkey Potentially Threatening China

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    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed to enhance cooperation in combating terrorism during their recent meeting in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — The Chinese minister added that Beijing decisively supports the measures Turkey has taken to ensure national sovereignty, security and stability.

    "We have agreed to enhance counterterrorism cooperation and provide common security in full accordance with the fundamental interests of China and Turkey, as well as on the grounds of strengthening mutual trust between the two countries," Wang was quoted as saying in the ministry's statement.

    According to Wang, the parties also agreed on the importance of resolving sensitive problems solely by political means, as well as preserving regional peace and stability.

    In turn, Cavusoglu said that Ankara considers security of China as its own security, adding that Turkey will never allow any activity within its territory that could potentially be a threat to Chinese sovereignty and security.

    Cavusoglu arrived in China for a two-day visit on Wednesday. The senior Turkish official is set to co-host the second meeting of China-Turkey Foreign Ministers' Consultation Mechanism.

    China has been repeatedly criticized over its discrimination of millions of primarily Muslim Uyghurs, who live in the country's western Xinjiang province. Beijing introduced severe security measures in the region, which, many human rights watchdogs argue, led to violence against and oppression of Uyghur nationals. Extreme radicalization of the region followed, with Uighurs resisting restrictions on their language, culture and religion imposed by the government.

    Over recent years, thousands of Uyghurs fled China seeking asylum in Turkey, with some of them ending up in Daesh ranks in Syria. In 2009. Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan condemned China over "committing genocide" against Uyghurs, which led to significant tensions between Beijing and Ankara. However, over recent years, bilateral relations between the two countries have revived as Turkey re-oriented its foreign policy toward Asian partners and Russia.

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