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China’s advocacy of peace around the world “is important for Hungarians”, Viktor Orbán said in Beijing, where he met Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Hungarians are a peace-loving people who strive for peace, balance, and harmony, so we are always on the side of peace and never on the side of war,” the prime minister told a joint press conference. “We greatly value China’s advocacy of peace as opposed to war in the world… When it comes to war in Hungary’s neighbourhood, we also greatly appreciate your peace initiative,” he added. Xi’s visit to Hungary two months ago, he said, had been of “historic importance”, noting the signing of “weighty agreements”. “What is more, the foundations were laid for the two peoples’ friendship for several generations… Xi’s visit was convincing and cordial, and reflected China’s goodwill and respect for Hungary,” he said. “Generations will benefit from that visit, from the memories of the visit you paid to Budapest,” Orbán said, thanking Xi for his efforts to elevate bilateral ties to a higher level. “We have been working for the past two months to fill that framework with substance,” Orbán said, also congratulating Xi on “the stability China means for the world amid stormy global politics”.