PM opens business and tourism forum in Beijing
Monday, September 5, 2005, 00:00
Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, currently on an official visit to China at the head of a top-level delegation, opened a business and tourism forum in Beijing on Thursday. Gyurcsány spoke to more than 200 Chinese and Hungarian businessmen taking part in a Hungarian-Chinese business forum, noting that over the past decade friendship and understanding between the two countries had grown ever closer and bilateral relations were free from any problems. This was helping to strengthen Hungary's emerging status as China's most important economic partner in Central and Eastern Europe, he said. The prime minister noted that in the past three years Hungary has devoted special attention to three or four countries in Asia, including China. In line with an agreement finalized at the business forum, in October Hungary's IT and Telecommunications Ministry will set up a representative office in Shenzhen, which is regarded as China's Silicon valley. In addition, a code-share agreement was signed between fourth-largest airline, Hainan Airlines and Hungarian airlines Malév. Gyurcsány held a meeting with Hainan Airlines President Zhu Yimin and proposed that the company should increase the number of direct flights between Budapest and Beijing from the current weekly three. Gyurcsány also met Bank of China President Li Lihui and said that Hungary hopes that the Bank of China branch opened in Budapest would become a regional hub.