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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary

2019-04-25

On April 25, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Mr. Prime Minister and I jointly announced the establishment of China-Hungary comprehensive strategic partnership in 2017, which brought bilateral relations to a new historical stage of acceleration. As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Hungary diplomatic relations, the Chinese side looks forward to making joint efforts with the Hungarian side to push forward bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a new height. Both sides should maintain high-level exchanges, well play the role of political guidance, improve the level of mutual respect and trust, deepen strategic recognition, and step up practical cooperation, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. The two sides should also broaden people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and facilitate people-to-people bonds. In the next stage, we should well implement the Budapest-Belgrade railway and other cooperation projects under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for more substantial outcomes. Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) is an important component of China-Europe relations, and it is hoped that the Hungarian side will play a greater role in this regard.

Viktor Orban expressed that the Hungarian government and its people cherish the extraordinary friendship between Hungary and China forged over the past 70 years since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations. Hungary congratulates China on its remarkable development achievements. 10 years ago, I had realized that the future of Hungary largely depends on its relations with China. Hungary firmly believes that in the current complicated and changeable world, China will play a more positive role. The Hungarian side firmly supports and actively participates in the BRI, since it represents opportunities rather than threats. Hungary has confidence in China's high-tech development and welcomes Chinese investment. The Hungarian side stands ready to promote the overall development of Europe-China relations through the CEEC-China cooperation platform.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the meeting.

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