China, Turkey sign deals worth $1.4 billion
ISTANBUL - The Associated Press
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, left, shakes hands with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. AP PhotoTurkey says Turkish and Chinese companies have signed deals worth $1.4 billion during a visit to Istanbul by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.
Xi on Wednesday attended a business forum in Istanbul after meeting with Turkish officials in the capital, Ankara.
Zafer Cağlayan, the Turkish economy minister, says that in addition to the new deals the governments are studying ways to facilitate trade.
Officials from the two sides did not publicly address differences over the bloodshed in Syria. Turkey wants Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign, but China joined Russian in vetoing U.N. resolutions aimed at pressing him to stop a crackdown on a national uprising.