ISTANBUL, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Turkey will never give its support to the efforts to divide China, and the bilateral relations will develop "in a very different way" following a series of top-level meetings, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.
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"We will never allow the disintegration and fragmentation of China," the president said in a question-and-answer session with foreign press in Istanbul.
"We have been exerting efforts to maintain our relationship with integrity," he added. "We never support the division of China. We will never help something like this."
Erdogan spoke of his recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, his travel to Osaka, Japan for a G20 summit later this month, and his upcoming visit to China on July 2.
"We will discuss Turkey-China relations in all aspects," he remarked. "And I believe that our bilateral relations will develop in a very different way after these meetings."