People's Republic of China

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Pekin (23-26 june 2009)

Xi’an (26-27 June 2009)

Shenzhen (27-28 June 2009)

Urumçi (28-29 June 2009)

President Abdullah Gül paid an official visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, between June 23 and 29.

President Gül paid a visit to the Beijing office of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation's (TRT) international news channel, TRT Türk. On Thursday, June 25, Mr. Gül visited the Beijing Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, which was the venue of 2008 Olympic Games, and the Old Summer Palace, which dates back to 12th century, before attending a working lunch with Chinese businessmen.

Afterwards, Mr. Gül was received by his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao with full military honours at the National People's Congress in the capital city of Beijing. Following the ceremony, Mr. Gül and Mr. Jintao had a private meeting and then chaired their respective delegations during the talks between the two countries. Following the talks, Mr. Gül and Mr. Jintao attended the ceremony for the signing of the agreements made between their two countries.

In the evening, the President of the People's Republic of China Jintao gave an official dinner in Mr. Gül’s honour.

On Friday, June 26, Mr. Gül attended a meeting of the Turkey-China Business Forum, and met up with officials from the Beijing office of the European Union Chamber of Commerce, of which the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD) is a member. He also met with Wu Bangguo, the Speaker of the National People's Congress, and received Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Having completed his talks in Beijing, Mr. Gül then travelled to the city of Xi'an.

In Xi'an, Mr. Gül visited the Northwest University, where he received an honorary doctorate in the field of economics. At the university, Mr. Gül also addressed university students and academics. Mr. Gül visited and inspected the Grand Mosque before attending a lunch given by the Shaanxi Governor, Yuan Chunqing.

In Xi'an, accompanied by First Lady Hayrünnisa Gül and their delegation of officials and businessmen, Mr. Gül toured the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, and signed the visitor's book. Having completed his talks in Xi'an, Mr. Gül travelled on to Shenzhen.

On Saturday, June 28, Mr. Gül received Turkish citizens living in China, and spent time talking with them. Later, Mr. Gül attended the lunch offered in his honour by Communist Party Secretary General, Lin Yupu.

Mr. Gül also visited a telecommunications company where he was briefed about the firm's activities and where he inspected the laboratory. Mr. Gül was also briefed about 3G technology, and he had a telephone conversation with State Minister Zafer Çağlayan on a cellular phone using 3G technology.

After his talks in Shenzhen, Mr. Gül went to Urumqi, where he visited the Red Hill National Park and Xinjiang University. At Xinjiang University, he was awarded the title of honorary professor by the university rector, Enver Hamut, and he addressed university students and academics.

Mr. Gül is the first Turkish president to visit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where he received Party Secretary, Wang Lequan and the Governor, Nur Bekri. During the reception, Governor Bekri gave a qiapan, a traditional gown worn by Uyghur men, to Mr. Gül as a gift. After the reception, Mr. Gül attended a lunch given by Bekri in his honour.

In Urumqi, Mr. Gül visited two plants which produce solar panels and wind power equipment before he returned to Ankara.

The agreements signed during Mr. Gül's visit to China include a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Energy, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Joint Working Group between Turkish and Chinese Foreign Ministries, an Agreement on the Protection of Cultural Assets and Prevention of their Illegal Trade, Framework Agreements for Commercial Financing and Credit Facilities between Türk Telekom, İş Bankası, Akbank and China Exim Bank, and an agreement to exchange videos between the Anatolia News Agency and the Chinese News Agency, Xinhua.


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