Hungary-China ties 'stable', 'based on mutual respect' - Szijjártó

Int’l Relations

Péter Szijjártó at the opening of the Q Contemporary Museum

Photo by MTI/Zoltán Balogh

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjártó said Hungary and China have established a "stable, predictable" system of ties that is "based on mutual respect" over the past decade, speaking at the opening of the Q Contemporary Museum, founded by Queenie Rosita Law, an entrepreneur from Hong Kong, in Budapest on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Szijjártó said Hungary's cooperation with China, and with Hong Kong, respecting the "one country, two systems" principle, is supported by a pillar of people, too, established through education and culture.

He thanked Law and her husband for investing their time, energy, and money into strengthening that pillar. 

He noted that bilateral trade between Hungary and China reaches new records from year to year, and he acknowledged that China's deliveries of personal protective equipment were instrumental in getting the country through the pandemic, but he also pointed to personal ties, fostered by the five Confucius Institutes in Hungary, the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Beijing, and Hungarian language courses offered at a number of venues in China.

Szijjártó said the Q Contemporary Museum, housed in a 1,000 sqm space in the former Rausch Villa on the capital's grand Andrássy út, would bring Budapest's already bubbling artistic scene "to the next level", while raising the international profile of contemporary Hungarian artists.

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