Chinese Diplomat Urges Hungary to Promote Rational China View Within EU

Chinese and Hungarian FMs discuss closer ties, with Hungary seen as a key China partner in the EU amid souring China-EU relations.

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Chinese Diplomat Urges Hungary to Promote Rational China View Within EU

Chinese Diplomat Urges Hungary to Promote Rational China View Within EU

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in Beijing on April 24, 2024, to discuss closer bilateral ties between the two countries. Wang noted that this year marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Hungary, and that bilateral ties face important new opportunities.

During the meeting, Wang urged Hungary, which will hold the rotating EU presidency in the second half of 2023, to promote a rational and friendly view of China's development within the European Union. He expressed hope that Hungary will encourage the EU to adopt a more active and pragmatic policy toward China and strengthen strategic communication between China and the EU.

Wang appreciated Hungary's commitment to upholding peace and stability in Europe and its determination to deepen cooperation with China despite interference and pressure. He said the fruitful cooperation between the two countries proves that China is an opportunity for Europe.

In response, Szijjarto expressed Hungary's opposition to 'decoupling' from China, stating that treating China as a partner is the right choice. He welcomed increased Chinese investment in Hungary and expressed willingness to promote key projects under the Belt and Road Initiative. Szijjarto also vowed to boost China-EU relations through Hungary's connections with Beijing.

Why this matters: The meeting between the Chinese and Hungarian foreign ministers comes at a time of souring relations between China and the EU, with some EU countries taking action against China in the name of national security. Hungary, under Prime Minister Viktor Orban's rule, has been seen as Beijing and Moscow-friendly, making it a key partner for China within the EU.

The talks also come ahead of a possible visit to Hungary by Chinese President Xi Jinping after visiting France and Serbia next month. Despite the challenges in China-EU relations, several European leaders have visited Beijing this year, highlighting the complex dynamics at play in the relationship between China and Europe.

Key Takeaways

  • China and Hungary mark 75 years of diplomatic ties, seek closer bilateral cooperation.
  • China urges Hungary to promote a rational, friendly view of China within the EU.
  • Hungary opposes 'decoupling' from China, welcomes increased Chinese investment and BRI projects.
  • Hungary aims to boost China-EU relations through its connections with Beijing.
  • China sees Hungary as a key partner within the EU amid souring China-EU relations.