American deputy chief of mission Marc Dillard recently gave an interview to a Hungarian portal. He discussed the Hungarian-Chinese relations, Fudan University and why these topics are important in today’s politics.
In portfolio.hu‘s interview, Dillard said that it is the American’s goal to keep the open and free economic system. When China or anyone else questions this, this open and free structure should be protected. To achieve this, America wants to take steps based on confirmation.
China is now the most significant challenge to an open and free economic system of all countries.
“Our relationship with China consists of both competition and cooperation. We need to distinguish between normal trade activity in relation with China and what means a security risk or harms our national interests.” – Dillard Said.
He also elaborated on the possible dangers of the Chinese Communist Party’s influence.
“Take 5G, for example. It is important to understand the relation between Huawei, ZTE and the Chinese Communist Party. These companies are, in a sense, indebted to the Chinese government. Last week, the United States and other allied countries and organisations — the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and NATO — identified malicious cybersecurity activities that could be linked to the Chinese Communist Party. It is important that countries that come into contact with China understand where these connections are and in what way these are expressed.” – he told the portal.
Then he talked about the importance of transparency in the case of international projects. He mentioned the Budapest-Belgrade railway and the construction of a campus for Fudan University in Hungary. In both cases, the details about the projects and Hungary’s obligations are unknown to citizens.
As for what the Hungarian-American international relation is like, Dillard said that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Hungarian-American bilateral contact.
“We strive to strengthen cooperation with Hungary based on common interests in the field of security and law enforcement, as well as in the fields of energy, climate change and the economy.” – the American deputy chief of mission expressed.