Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s trip to China was the first story on foreign affairs in several weeks to garner more coverage by the Turkish press than the ongoing conflict in Syria. On the China-leg of Erdoğan’s multi-state trip, the Prime Minister was accompanied by a 300-person delegation that included nearly half of his cabinet. Many newspapers cast his visit as “historic,” (Zaman) noting his professed desire to prioritize discussion of Syria in meetings with Chinese leaders (Sabah). As the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey surpassed 25,000, Kofi Annan received posit coverage during his visit to the refugee camps outside Hatay (BirGün). News organizations universally condemned attacks by the Syrian army on refugees attempting to cross the Syrian-Turkish border.In the lead up to the nuclear talks hosted in Istanbul among representatives of Iran and the P5+1 states, many columnists and editorial teams discussed divergent interpretations of the significance of Turkey’s position as “mediator,” “puppet,” or “puppeteer” on the topic of nuclear nonproliferation. Hürriyet daily newspaper touched off Turkish fanfare regarding the announcement by the EU Commission of a plan to ease visa restrictions on Turkish citizens applying to enter EU countries.On the eve of the 92nd anniversary of its founding, the Anatolian news agency announced plans to develop media services in eleven new languages, the most provocative being Kurdish (Radikal). After it was uncovered this week that Saint Antoine’s Church in Istanbul has not paid property taxes on its garden since 1986, the city’s revenue directorate presented the Church with fines amounting to nearly one million lira, prompting Pope Benedict XVI to request that the Italian Consulate intervene on behalf of the Church (Vatan). Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan stated this week that, despite several delays and repeated objections from business organizations, the Parliament’s major new commercial law will enter into effect on July 1 of this year (HaberTürk). Considerable attention was paid to the arrest of former Deputy Chief of the General Staff Çevik Bir, who was detained along with 30 other retired army officers in the investigation probing Turkey’s “post-modern” anti-Islamist coup of February 28, 1997. Amid continued debate about the Turkish government’s new “Kurdish strategy”—which has yet to be officially announced—Özgür Gündem printed a controversial interview with Aysel Tuğluk, a Kurdish activist who has called for bold action by both sides. Tuğluk took the interview as an opportunity to warn against half-measures.