China awards scholarships to language learners in Turkey

China has awarded scholarships to 55 university students in Turkey who are learning about the Chinese language and culture, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said.

Chinese Consul-General Cui Wei described the students as "the future of Turkey" at the awards ceremony.

"That is why we care about them and encourage them to learn Chinese so that our relations will grow even further.”

İsmail Gültekin, a deputy governor of Istanbul, also called for efforts to expand the number of sister city applications between Turkish and Chinese cities as well as flights between the two countries.

The scholarship programme is now in its third year, and also awards scholarships to Chinese students studying Turkish in Turkey.