Sat, 31 Jul 2021

ISTANBUL, June 11 (Xinhua) -- A photo exhibition on the history of China and its close relationship with Turkey opened in Turkey's largest city Istanbul on Friday.

The event was organized by the Chinese Consulate-General in Istanbul to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the 50th anniversary of China-Turkey diplomatic relations.

The photos showcased technological advances in China such as mobile payment methods, high-speed rail transport and aerospace achievements, as well as the developing cooperation between China and Turkey in various fields under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

"We have many reasons to get to know each other better," Ilknur Yigit, a culture and tourism attache of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, told Xinhua. "We have so much in common."

In Yigit's view, the cultural interactions between the two countries will be given a further boost when the pandemic ends, amid the COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the globe.

"In this sense, this event is very important, signifying that more will come in the upcoming period," Yigit said.

Ipek Altinbasak Farina, an academic at Istanbul-based Bahcesehir University, told Xinhua that a cultural event of this kind is "even more worthy in terms of getting to know each other" as the pandemic has reduced the chances of people being together for a certain period of time.

"I think this exhibition will be very beneficial for us (Turkish people) to know China a little more closely and comprehend both its history and the level it reached today," Farina said.

The photo exhibition will run until June 20.

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