China on Monday congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's Turkish presidential election and his new five-year term as head of the country. "China congratulates Chairman Erdogan on his re-election," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said.
We encourage Turkey to take the path of development that corresponds to its national circumstances and hope that Turkey will continue to make progress in its development under President Erdogan's leadership," the spokesperson added. Beijing, Mao Ning said, "attaches great importance to its relations with Turkey."
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In recent years, under the leadership of the two heads of state, the two countries have developed cooperation that has borne fruit in several areas, for the benefit of our two peoples," she said.
China is willing to work with Turkey to take our strategic cooperative relations to new heights," the spokesperson added.