Chinese Ambassador to Hungary Duan Jielong on Wednesday highlighted the solidarity between China and Hungary in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and overcoming current difficulties while working together for common development under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Although the pandemic has brought temporary difficulties to bilateral exchanges, especially in terms of economic and trade cooperation and personnel exchanges, the consensus on forging closer bilateral remains firm and the conviction to deepen cooperation remains unshaken, Duan told Xinhua.
According to the ambassador, trade between China and Hungary remained strong despite the outbreak of COVID-19, registering 5.35 billion U. S. dollars in the first half of 2020, up 9.8 percent year-on-year,
Hungary is the first European country to sign an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with China
over the BRI and the Hungarian government has always actively supported and participated in the BRI, Duan said.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó visited China in August, the first foreign minister of a European Union country to do so since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Duan said the visit not only showed the strong resilience of Sino-Hungarian relations but also reflected the strong desire to speed up cooperation on both sides.
All these efforts have ushered in a new chapter in the friendly exchanges between the two countries, the ambassador noted.