Hungarian cultural institute opens in Beijing

Friday, June 28, 2013

An inter-governmental agreement on the opening of the Hungarian cultural institute in Beijing was signed in Budapest on Thursday by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations Péter Szijjártó and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China Xiao Qian.

Currently, nine member states of the European Union operate cultural institutes in China, but only two of them have independent legal status said Péter Szijjártó to the press. It is therefore a great success that among the Central European member states Hungary opens the first independent cultural institute in the Chinese capital.

It was also announced that after 10 years, a Chinese-Hungarian and Hungarian-Chinese dictionary will be published in Hungary. According to the Secretary, the Hungarian cultural institute in Beijing will greatly contribute to the development of bilateral relations and helps efforts to make our country a privileged partner of China.

Szijjártó pointed out that one of the pillars of the Hungarian government's eastern partnership policy is to strengthen strategic relations with China. The signing of the inter-governmental agreement on the opening of the Hungarian cultural institute in Beijing and the publication of the Hungarian-Chinese dictionary are two important steps in the process of developing strategic partnership with China, as friendship between people can be pursued most effectively through culture and education. The cultural cooperation between China and Hungary was already fruitful in the past said the minister of state.

The Hungarian-Chinese dictionary is available in the Focus Book Store. Presently, about three thousand people learning Chinese in Hungary. The Hungarian-Chinese dictionary contains 3750 entries, and more than 8,000 compound phrases. Work has already been started on a more advanced edition of the dictionary said the state secretary.

Chinese Ambassador to Hungary Xiao Qian stressed that bilateral relations between the two countries continue to expand in all fields including economy, trade, culture, research, science, and investment.

The ambassador emphasized that the key element of developing friendly relations between two countries is to encourage friendship between peoples and cultures. The ambassador pointed out that in Chinese primary schools Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi is part of the curriculum just like composer Zoltán Kodály in music education. Xiao Qian called language the most important part of communication; he considers the publication of the Hungarian - Chinese dictionary a major step in expanding bilateral relations between the two countries.

The dictionary will be a big help for Chinese people living in Hungary including myself because it will help me learn more about Hungary, its culture, and its history said the ambassador.

(MTI –


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