PM calls for lifting Chinese visa obligation
Friday, September 9, 2005, 14:53
Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány pressed for lifting the visa obligation for Chinese citizens, revising the current system of international institutions and respecting the Chinese social model in a lecture given at Qinghua University, Beijing, on Friday.
The PM noted that Europe had "got between two fires",
developing more slowly than North America and Asia. Unable to keep pace for several years, the old continent must find a way to
reconcile competitiveness with the quest to maintain its traditional social model, he said. Gyurcsány said that Hungary has much to learn from Asia and China, calling the brave reforms and strengthening national pride as secrets of the Chinese. The prime minister said that the world would be based on the cooperation and competition of three major centres of economic development - America, Asia and Europe - even in the long term in the 21st century we should be able to compete with one another without losing our ability to cooperate," he said.
In response to a question, Gyurcsany said Hungary supported the
idea of lifting the Chinese visa obligation within the European Union. He added that the democratic parliamentary system and market economy would remain assets for Europe and the United States in the long term but their socio-economic models should not be exported to and imitated uncritically by countries in other regions. "It is not certain at all that China or Russia could be
governed, kept together and developed under this model," he said.