Turkish official says Turkey, China to fight black propaganda together

Fahrettin Altun, the communications director of the Presidency of Turkey, said on Wednesday Turkey and China will fight what he calls black propaganda against two countries together.

"We think our common problem is that there is black propaganda against China and Turkey especially in the international arena. Our cooperation will also be crucial in tackling them. In particular, we can counter this unnecessary and negative propaganda through joint public diplomacy activities and media projects," Altun said in a meeting with a delegation led by the deputy minister of China’s National Radio and Television Administration.

China has been criticised by international media over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs, with the increased police presence in the majorly-Uighur region and establishing what it calls re-education camps for detainees. In these prison-like camps, guards reportedly force Uighur inmates to sing patriotic hymns in order to get food, and subject them to physical and mental torture, among other violations. 

Meanwhile, Turkey has been in the crosshairs due to its offensive in northeast Syria and plans to resettle Syrian refugees to the region.

Turkey was a major opponent of China's Muslim oppression but has done a u-turn to change its tune after Turkey’s currency collapse and a recession last year have made it increasingly reliant on Chinese economic aid in recent years, and projects such as Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative, looking to link China to dozens of countries through infrastructure, are enticing for Ankara.