Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto of Hungary
2019/07/12

On July 12, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto of Hungary held talks and jointly met the press in Budapest.

Wang Yi expressed, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Hungary diplomatic relationship. Over the past 70 years, the two sides have always respected, understood, supported and trusted each other regardless of the changes in the international situation and our respective domestic situations. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Viktor Orban jointly decided to elevate China-Hungary relations to comprehensive strategic partnership in 2017, which brought bilateral relations to a new historical period. In the face of the increasingly unstable and uncertain international situation, Hungary has taken a clear-cut stance to develop its friendship with China, firmly supported the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and participated in cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries. Calling Hungary a trustworthy and reliable partner of China, the Chinese side will continue to support Hungary in following a development path suitable to its own national conditions, back the Hungarian side's efforts in safeguarding its legitimate rights and interests, and support the Hungarian side in playing a more important role in the European Union (EU) and the world. China-Hungary relations have become an example of friendly cooperation among countries with different social systems, cultural traditions, sizes and populations.

Wang Yi pointed out, we should take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship as an opportunity to well maintain, consolidate and develop China-Hungary comprehensive strategic partnership, as well as deepen exchanges at all levels so as to reinforce the social and public opinion foundation for bilateral friendship. The two sides should take the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative with high quality as a platform as well as opening up and win-win results as an approach, and advance all-round cooperation based on the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. The two sides should strengthen strategic coordination to safeguard the common rights and interests of the two countries as well as international fairness and justice.

Peter Szijjarto expressed, Hungary-China relations are currently at the best period in history. Hungary is the first European country to sign a cooperation agreement under the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative with China, which aligns completely with the Hungarian side's policy of "Opening to the East", conforms to the direction of EU-China cooperation, and is also conducive to enhancing the Eurasian connectivity. The Hungarian side is willing to, together with the Chinese side, seize the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relationship, keep closer high-level exchanges, seek new goals, set up new plans, expand cooperation in trade, investment, finance, aviation and education, and intensify coordination and cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral affairs, so as to constantly promote bilateral relations for new development.

On July 11, Wang Yi also attended the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Hungary diplomatic relationship.

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