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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in his office in Budapest, praising their two countries’ friendship and partnership, the PM’s press chief said. The prime minister noted that Hungary and China mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations this year, which he said was an important event for Hungary in terms of its history. Seventy years ago Hungarians would never have thought how important this relationship would turn out to be, Orbán said. He attributed the endurance of the two countries’ relationship to China’s “fantastic progress” in recent decades. He said the Hungarian government was working to make sure that Hungary and China’s friendship lasts as long as possible. Wang also underlined the importance of the diplomatic anniversary, noting that China considered Hungary a friendly country and a reliable partner. China wants to develop its relationship with Hungary on the basis of mutual respect and understanding, Bertalan Havasi quoted the minister as saying.