Railways, direct flight discussed by China-Hungary committee [Updated]


Railway developments and relaunching a direct flight between Hungary and China were among the topics discussed at a meeting of the Chinese-Hungarian Joint Economic Committee in Beijing on Tuesday, co-chairman Péter Szijjártó informed national news service MTI.

Both sides agreed on the importance of renovating the Budapest-Belgrade rail line as well as building a ring line for freight trains around the Hungarian capital, Szijjártó said.

Farm products could boost Hungary’s exports to China, he said, noting the Chinese government had signaled it could issue permits for the import of Hungarian hogs, duck, goose and rabbit.

The committee is meeting on Monday and Tuesday in advance of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s arrival for an official visit on Wednesday.

Orbán’s official program starts on Wednesday, local time, when he is scheduled to meet the head of the Bank of China and address an economic forum at the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) headquarters. Later he will meet with his counterpart Li Keqiang and sign several bilateral agreements.

Ending his visit on Thursday, Orbán will address the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and visit the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Beijing. He will then meet Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

Orbán and Li Kequiang met last November at the Bucharest China-CEE summit in the presence of Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and agreed on the Budapest-Belgrade rail upgrade. They also made plans for Budapest to become a regional hub for Chinese trade in Central and Eastern Europe.


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