Hungary is a “key component” of China’s Belt and Road strategy within the group of the Visegrad Four countries, the Chinese ambassador told public news channel M1 on Friday evening. China announced its new economic policy in 2013, and Hungary launched its foreign policy strategy of Eastern opening the same year, Duan Jielong told the channel, marking the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties. This has led to a significant improvement in Chinese-Hungarian relations, the ambassador said. Hungary always considered China an important partner and provided a lot of help and support to it, he added. The ambassador highlighted the strategic agreement Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had concluded with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Belt and Road conference in Beijing in 2017.