China, one belt, one road, Budapest, April, Xinhua news agency, April, 22, “one belt and one road” to bring opportunities to the economic and trade cooperation between central and Eastern European countries and China. – interview with Thea Bartho, Xinhua Minister of Hungary’s foreign affairs and foreign economy China’s one belt, one road initiative, one belt, one road to the central and Eastern European countries, has brought opportunities for China to raise economic and trade cooperation between the central and Eastern European countries. Thea Bartho is very pleased that Hungary is the first European country to sign a document of cooperation with China on promoting the “one belt and one way” building of the government cooperation document. Thea Bartho said Hungary one expects to see the one of the second “one belt, one road” International Cooperation summit to be held in Beijing. Hungary Prime Minister Orban will lead a delegation to China to participate in the forum. The Hungarian government implements the policy of “opening to the East”. Thea Bartho said that one belt, one road initiative one belt, one road to Hungary, is highly consistent with the policy of “opening eastward”. Hungary is getting tangible benefits from docking the policy of “one belt one road” and “opening to the East”. One belt, one road, is the key to raising the level of economic and trade cooperation between Hungary and China, Thea Bartho said. “We respect Chinese enterprises and investors in Hungary, because they have brought high technology to Hungary and contributed to the sustained and healthy development of Hungarian economy.” Referring to the one belt, one road project, the Hungarian railway, the Hungarian railway modernization project, will be announced. The railway will connect to the Greek port of Piraeus, and China’s goods can be sold to the European continent through this channel. The transformation of the railway will greatly shorten the transportation time of goods, make Hungary play an important role in European transit, and improve the competitiveness of Chinese goods in the European market. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Hungary. Sialto spoke highly of bilateral relations. He said that in 2017, Hungary and China established a comprehensive strategic partnership, and the bilateral relations between the two countries are in the best period in history. He said that both Hungary and China pursue an independent foreign policy, understand and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns, and develop pragmatic cooperation in various fields on the basis of mutual trust and mutual benefit. Sialto said that he admired China’s development achievements, especially its remarkable achievements in poverty alleviation. Speaking of the people to people exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, sialto said that strengthening people to people exchanges and cooperation is conducive to enhancing mutual understanding and consolidating the public opinion foundation for the development of bilateral relations. He is glad to see that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Hungary has increased year by year, breaking through 250000 in 2018. Hungary has opened a cultural center in Beijing, while China has set up four Confucius Institutes in Hungary.
(editor in charge: Miao Su)