In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, file photo a worker at a currency exchange shop exhibits Turkish lira banknotes bearing pictures of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
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China offered moral support to Turkey Friday as Ankara reeled from a currency crisis and U.S. sanctions, saying it believed the country could overcome its "temporary" economic difficulties, in Beijing's first comment on the issue.In a brief statement, China's Foreign Ministry said that it had noted the "new direction" of the Turkish economy and its foreign relations.China and Turkey have developed increasingly close ties since putting behind them a dispute over China's treatment of ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim people who speak a Turkic language and live in China's far western region of Xinjiang.
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