The prime minister and several members of the government plan to visit China this year, the foreign minister said on Tuesday. A visit by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is scheduled in the first half of 2013, János Martonyi said in a written reply to a Socialist lawmaker's inquiry posted on parliament's website. A meeting of the Hungarian-Chinese mixed economic committee, attended by National Economy Minister Matolcsy, the body's co-chair, will take place concurrently. In January, Gergely Prohle, the foreign ministry deputy state secretary for bilateral affairs will visit Beijing and Shanghai. Deputy state secretary for global affairs Szabolcs Takács will also hold talks in Beijing.