Hungarian-Chinese cooperation developing by leaps and bounds - FM Péter Szijjártó

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hungarian-Chinese bilateral relations are booming said FM Péter Szijjártó after holding talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Asia-Europe summit (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar on Friday.

At the meeting the Chinese Foreign Minister called Hungary as one of the most important and most reliable partners in Central Europe.

The two sides reminded that last year Hungarian exports to China grew the fastest among all Central European countries; the first four months of 2016 Hungarian exports to China increased by 27.7 percent. Our food exports have doubled, and in the near future other Hungarian companies expect to receive Chinese export licenses.

The two sides also emphasized that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Hungary has increased by 70 percent due to Budapest-Beijing direct air service and the result of the 72-hour visa granting service for visiting Chinese tourists.

Péter Szijjártó stressed that Hungary supports the idea of granting market economy status to China, and rejects the European Union's policies that want to put pressure on China regarding the South China Sea conflict. Hungary believes that the conflict should be solved by countries of the region, and pressure from the European Union can only cause harm to the prospects of a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Hungarian foreign ministry statement released after the meeting revealed that Foreign Minister Wang Yi invited the Hungarian foreign minister to make an official visit to China in the second half of the year.

(MTI -


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