China's Xi calls for greater counter-terrorism cooperation with Turkey

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that the two should deepen counter-terrorism cooperation, amid Chinese concern about ethnic Uighurs from its Xinjiang region fighting with militants in the Middle East.

Uighurs are a largely Muslim, Turkic-speaking minority from China's western Xinjiang region.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, keen to escape unrest in Xinjiang, have traveled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey, where many see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties.

Beijing says some Uighurs then end up fighting with Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

Meeting on the sidelines of a summit about China's new Silk Road plan, Xi told Erdogan that developing strategic cooperation was in the interests of both countries, China's foreign ministry said late on Saturday. ... SKBN18A01D
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