GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

ISTANBUL, Mar 9 (FAM) – The year 2016 saw an increase in China’s imports and exports and new contracts Chinese companies signed with countries along the Belt and Road, Chinese Ambassador to Turkey Yu Hongyang said on Wednesday evening.

Addressing a gathering of Turkish and Chinese entrepreneurs in Istanbul, Yu noted that his country’s combined imports and exports with countries along the Belt and Road last year topped 6.3 trillion yuan ($916 billion), up 0.6 percent from the previous year.