Orbán Meets With Xi in Beijing

Int’l Relations

Image by MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

Prime Minister Viktor Orban met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Under Xi's presidency, Chinese-Hungarian ties have "reached unprecedented heights", and that has been "extraordinarily advantageous and useful for Hungary", Orbán said at the meeting.

He acknowledged his host's "continuous and uninterrupted" support for fostering bilateral ties.

In Beijing to attend an international summit on the Belt and Road Initiative, the brainchild of Xi, Orbán noted that Hungary had backed the initiative from the very start.

"We are convinced that this is the kind of initiative that will change the world, change the global economy, and shape something that serves the welfare of more people than before," he said.

He added that China could count on Hungary in the future, too, to remain a participant in the initiative and seek cooperation with Beijing, "regardless of European political debates".

Xi welcomed Orbán and said he was glad to meet his "old friend" again in person in Beijing after discussing bilateral cooperation only by phone during the pandemic.

He acknowledged Hungary's "active support" for the Belt and Road Initiative and "positive contribution" to jointly advancing the initiative.

He expressed his appreciation for Orbán's participation at the Belt and Road Forum for the third time, on the occasion of the initiative's tenth anniversary, and pointed to the opportunity to "promote the development of cooperation on a larger scale" in the coming 10 years.

Ties between China and Hungary have "always advanced at the highest level in spite of changes in the international environment", he said, adding that the upcoming 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Hungary should be an occasion to bring the broad strategic cooperation between the two countries "to the next level".

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