1. China and Turkey established diplomatic relations on August 4, 1971.
2. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Sino-Turkish relations have been developing smoothly. Especially, since 1980s, the exchanges between the two countries have been increased and the relations have developed rapidly. Turkish leaders who visited China are President Evren (December 1982), Prime Minister Ozal (July 1985), Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Karaduman (October 1985), President Demirel (May 1995) and Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Kalemuli (August 1996). Chinese leaders who visited Turkey are President Li Xiannian (March, 1984), Premier Zhao Ziyang (July, 1986), Chairman of the Eighth Standing Committee of National People's Congress Qiao Shi (November, 1996) and Chairman of the Ninth Standing Committee of National People's Congress Li Peng (April, 1999), In April 2002, Premier Zhu Rongji of the State Council of China visited Turkey.