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Turkey and China pledge close security cooperation

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at right shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a joint press conference held at the Diaoy...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at right shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a joint press conference held at the Diaoy...
An attendant prepares the podiums for a joint press conference between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, ...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at right shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a joint press conference held at the Diaoy...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a joint press conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthou...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center right, during the meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center left, at Diaoyutai State Gue...
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, speaks during the meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beij...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthous...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthous...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at right shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a joint press conference held at the Diaoy...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at right shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a joint press conference held at the Diaoy...

An attendant prepares the podiums for a joint press conference between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, ...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at right shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu after a joint press conference held at the Diaoy...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a joint press conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthou...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center right, during the meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center left, at Diaoyutai State Gue...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, speaks during the meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beij...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthous...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthous...

BEIJING (AP) — Turkey has vowed to root out militants plotting against China as the two countries pledged to collaborate on a security issue that had been a source of friction.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday in Beijing that Turkey would treat matters of China's security as its own, signaling close cooperation and a tougher stance against suspected Uighur militants hailing from China's Xinjiang region. Uighurs share cultural and linguistic ties with Turks and many have sought asylum in Turkey.

Hundreds if not thousands of Uighurs who have fled China in recent years have traveled to Syria to join Islamic militant groups or simply escape persecution and find a new home.

Human rights groups have long accused Beijing of oppressing its Uighur population and inflaming a cycle of radicalization.


Updated : 2020-12-04 07:28 GMT+08:00