Hungary has so far received protective gear from China on 121 aircraft, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, adding that thanks were due to the Chinese authorities for helping Hungary acquire health equipment necessary for protective measures. The equipment received on 121 aircraft includes masks, gloves, protective clothing and ventilators. Shipments will continue in the upcoming months, he added.
Economic cooperation between Hungary and China has continued to develop, with nine large Chinese investments arriving in Hungary in the past three years, Szijjártó said. The value of Chinese investments in Hungary is at an all-time high and they have brought high-quality, modern technology to Hungary, he said. Digitalisation and 5G technology play an important role in the Hungarian economy’s reconfiguration. He noted that 5G has been available in central Budapest since last autumn after Huawei developed it for Vodafone, he said. Szijjártó said funding for upgrading the Budapest-Belgrade rail line is guaranteed thanks to the recent signing of an agreement, opening up the shortest and fastest route for Chinese goods arriving in Greek ports to western Europe via Hungary. Financial cooperation between the two countries has progressed well, with excellent cooperation between the central banks of Hungary and China, he said. The banks have agreed to expand cooperation in the future, he noted.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is scheduled to hold talks by phone with the Chinese president on Friday, the minister said.