Hungarian foreign minister hails cooperation with China
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó discussed bilateral cooperation, investment and the urgent need for peace in Beijing on Monday.

Hungarian foreign minister hails cooperation with China

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó with State Councilor Wang Yi (Photo: Facebook/Péter Szijjártó)
Mariann Őry 15/05/2023 19:08

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó discussed bilateral cooperation, investment and the urgent need for peace in Beijing on Monday.

Hungary and China can count on each other to strengthen the voice of those who stand for peace, and the two countries will work closely together to bring about a ceasefire in Ukraine and start peace talks as soon as possible, said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó after talks with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang. He stressed that "we appreciate China's efforts for peace in the recent past, we appreciate the peace plan that China has put on the table".

The Hungarian foreign minister also met with State Councilor Wang Yi, the head of Chinese diplomacy. In his Facebook post, Péter Szijjártó recalled that they had worked together for nine years with the top Chinese diplomat, who was also a former foreign minister. "In nine years, we have managed to raise our relations to a strategic level, we have managed to attract the largest amount of Chinese investment in Central Europe, we have major joint projects, and now we are speaking out together for peace," he wrote.

Hungary's example proves that there is much more to be gained from fair and constructive cooperation with China than from hostility," the minister stressed.
Qin Gang and Péter Szijjártó  (Photo: Facebook/Péter Szijjártó)
Following his meeting with Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, Péter Szijjártó said he had also held talks during the day with the heads of five major Chinese companies, four of which will invest in Hungary in the electric car sector, serving German carmakers who are also present.

Another three billion euros of Chinese investments in the automotive sector will come to Hungary in the next period," he announced, adding that they will make a significant contribution to sustainable economic growth.

Péter Szijjártó emphasized that one of the most serious negative consequences of the war in Ukraine is that the world is once again moving towards building blocs, which is completely contrary to Hungarian interests. "For us it would be good if the world in the coming period would build its activities on interconnections, and we want connectivity instead of decoupling (...) We believe that China's global initiatives serve this purpose and that is why we support them," he stressed.
Péter Szijjártó and Wang Yi  (Photo: Facebook/Péter Szijjártó)
On Monday, an agreement was also signed in Beijing, in the presence of Péter Szijjártó, for the National University of Public Service to join the Huawei Technologies SEEDs scholarship program. "Hungary is a leader in the field of digitalization, and Huawei plays a decisive role in this," the minister wrote on Facebook.
Photo: Facebook/Péter Szijjártó

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