Arriving in Budapest on Friday on the first leg of his official visit to Europe, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said China was ready to strike a breakthrough in relations with Hungary.
Wen Jiabao noted that Hungary had been among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and that the Chinese and Hungarian peoples were bound by a long-standing friendship, according to a briefing on a speech given by Wen by the Chinese embassy and the Prime Minister's Office.
Wen's visit is the first official one to Hungary by a Chinese head of government for the past 24 years.
The Chinese premier was greeted at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, Minister of National Development Tamás Fellegi and the state secretary of the prime minister's office, Mihály Varga.
As part of the official program of his two-day visit, Wen is to hold talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Saturday and address a central and eastern European economic forum at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
He is scheduled to sign several bilateral business agreements before traveling on to Britain and Germany.