Directorate of Communications explains “Today’s Turkey” in China

“Turkey Today/Today's Turkey” panel series, organized by Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications under the title of “Turkey and China: Prospects for Long-Term Cooperation” completed with the meetings held in Beijing on December 25, 2018 and on December 28, 2018 in Shanghai.

“Turkey and China: Prospects for Long-Term Cooperation” organized by Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications in cooperation with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), was attended by Prof. Liao Baycı and Assoc. Prof. Li Yan from CICIR, Prof. Erhan Aslanoğlu from Piri Reis University, Department of Economics and Finance, Acting Rector of Bilgi University Prof. Ege Yazgan, Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın from Istanbul Commerce University Department of Political Science and International Relations, and Dr. Altay Atlı from Koç University, Department of International Relations.

Delivering a speech entitled “Priorities of the Turkish Foreign Policy: Emergence of an Autonomous Approach” at the fifth meeting of “Today's Turkey” panel series, Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın said: “Turkey continues to be a member of the Western alliance and to develop relations with the rest of the world. This could be described as the change in the international system as well as the foreign policy transformation in Turkey”.

Noting that Turkey has continued its traditional relations with the US and the European Union, it will increase cooperation with Russia which assumes a greater role in the international arena and it is also open to partnerships with new countries. Yalçın added: “China, of course, is one of the most important possible partners, which Turkey is seeking for cooperation. But the problem here is that we don't know each other.”

Pointing out that the relations between Turkey and China are at the beginner level due to the unipolar world order, Yalçın said: “The two sides stressed that China-Turkey relations should be developed directly by themselves.” Yalçın stated that China and Turkey knew each other through the Western media, adding that it caused large gaps concerning the relations between the two countries.

Despite being a member of the Western alliance, Turkey was not able to receive support for the struggle against three separate terrorist organizations, FETÖ, PKK-PYD and DEAŞ, Yalçın said: “It seems that the US will not help the terrorist organizations to establish a separatist state in Syria.”

Yalçın stressed that the United States should cooperate with Turkey not with the separatist terrorist organization and said:  “Close cooperation with the regional countries will be safeguarded.”

Second Panel in Shanghai

The second panel of “Turkey Today” panel series was held in Shanghai on December 28, 2018.

The panel was attended by Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Shanghai Sabri Tunç Angılı, Chief Advisor to the President Fecir Alptekin, Director of Shanghai University’s Centre for Turkish Studies Guo Changgang, Faculty Member of Economy and Finance Department of Piri Reis University Prof. Erhan Aslanoğlu, Acting Rector of Bilgi University Prof. Ege Yazgan, Faculty Member of Political Science and International Relations Department of İstanbul Commerce University Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın, Faculty Member of International Relations Department of Koç University Dr. Altay Atlı as well as academicians, journalists and businessmen.

Director of Centre for Turkish Studies of Shangai University Guo said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks about the necessity for the US to acknowledge that Turkey had other alternatives and was seeking new friends and allies was supported by Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Pointing to the acceleration in bilateral relations and the increase in the number of mutual visits within the last 2 years, Guo emphasized the significance of Turkey’s geopolitical location for the Belt and Road Initiative as well as its becoming an energy and logistics hub.

Guo noted that even the economic turmoil in the markets in August failed to shake the confidence in the Turkish economy and that investments in Turkey continued.

Guo underlined the need to develop closer ties between the people of two countries in addition to political and economic ties, as well as the need for Turkey and China to get to know each other directly rather than through the Western media.

Faculty Member of Political Science and International Relations Department of İstanbul Commerce University Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın delivered a speech titled “Priorities of Turkish Foreign Policy: The Birth of an Autonomous Approach” during which he discussed the transformation in world politics and assessed Turkey’s foreign policy from this perspective.

Faculty Member of Economy and Finance Department of Piri Reis University Prof. Erhan Aslanoğlu delivered a presentation titled “Outlook of Turkish Economy and the Potential for Boosting Investment and Trade between Turkey and China”.

In his speech titled “Turkish Economy: Growth and Opportunities for Chinese Investors”, Acting Rector of Bilgi University Prof. Ege Yazgan said the increase in income was reflected in the lower income groups in Turkey and turned the country into a significant market for the world economy.