AK Party delegation visits China

A rapprochement between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Communist Party of China (CCP) has turned into a friendship, with the CCP hosting an AK Party delegation in Beijing and Shanghai for a week.

AK Party delegation visits China

The AK Party delegation, led by deputy leader Þükrü Ayalan and including media office deputy head and Samsun deputy Suat Kýlýç, Ýstanbul deputy Ali Ýbiþ, Ordu deputy Enver Yýlmaz and the party's women and youth branch heads, was impressed by the warm reception afforded by the CCP. The AK Party delegation had meetings with CCP Central Committee members in both Beijing and Shanghai.
Following its meetings with the CCP the AK Party has decided to review its operations. In a report of their impressions submitted to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, party officials suggest a week-long visit to China for those who oppose foreign capital, the sale of property to foreigners and privatization in Turkey. Satisfied with the visit to China, the AK Party is planning to host a CCP delegation in spring.
AK Party Samsun deputy Suat Kýlýç, also in the delegation, spoke to Today's Zaman about their visit to China.
"Before the collapse of the eastern bloc, the Chinese realized they could have an isolated economy. They created a unique economic model. It may sound paradoxical but the model they tried is a market economy in a socialist regime. It does not oppose foreign capital. Production units and ports are open to entrepreneurs from all countries. They say there are some 6,000 foreign company headquarters in Shanghai alone. The Communist Party of China has been ruling since 1949. They have no intention of giving up socialism. They do not regard socialism as an obstacle, but rather as a notion open to reforms. 'Reform' is one of the words they frequently use. They are proud to be Marxist-Leninist and following Mao's instructions. On the other hand, they apply a market economy in parallel with rapidly increasing global capital."
Kýlýç says China attaches great importance to Turkey and India and keeps a close eye on these countries. China competes with Turkey on the list of the world's fastest growing countries and is facing big problems in parallel with the rapid growth.
"They cite four problems caused by growth: environmental pollution, inequality in income distribution, problems with social security and a growing energy shortage. They aim to continue development with scientific methods, not with traditional ones. They have a program they call 'Scientific Development Theory.' They underline that socialism does not mean equality in poverty, underdevelopment and misery. They frequently voice their goal of 'forming a harmonious society.' They say they regard this as 'a wish to live together in peace, under the same flag, in a country consisting of five autonomous regions with 56 ethnic groups and various religions."
Ma Wen Pu of the CCP said Turkey had increased its national income from $2,500 to $5,400 in four years and they were keeping a close eye on this. This impressed the AK Party delegation. Another point that impressed the delegation was the similarity in the discourse between the two parties.
"They regard Turkey as a global player in the west end of Asia. They attach great importance to relationships with Turkey. They have three principles: China's inner harmony, China's harmony with the world and the human being's harmony with the environment. These three principles are in complete agreement with our principles," Kýlýç says.

 

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