Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday extended congratulations to Recep Tayyip Erdogan on being re-elected to the Turkish presidency.
In the message, President Xi said that he highly values China-Turkey ties, and is willing to work with President Erdogan to advance the strategic cooperative relations between the two countries so as to better benefit the two nations and two peoples.
July 30, 2015: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Turkey-China Business Forum in Beijing, China. /VCG Photo
Erdogan, 64, won the presidential election on June 24, meaning he has a new five-year term. He served as Turkish prime minister from 2003 to 2014, and has been president since 2014.
June 24, 2018: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters gathered at the headquarters of the AK Party to celebrate Erdogan’s victory in the election, in Ankara, Turkey. /VCG Photo
He shifted Turkey’s foreign policy towards the East and enjoys support from conservatives in the country, despite concerns, including from Turkey’s Western allies, over his increased grip on power.