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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is setting up a research and development centre in Budapest, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on Tuesday.

The investment, which will create jobs for at least 100 Hungarian engineers, is Huawei’s third in Hungary, Szijjártó said.

Szijjártó said cooperation between Hungary and China was better than ever. The investment represents a milestone in Hungary’s Opening to the East strategy, he added.

The new centre will focus on artificial intelligence, streaming, image processing, signal transmission technologies and extremely large distribution systems, he said. The development project will give the country an opportunity to further boost the reputation of Hungarian engineering skills, he added.

He noted that

Huawei was the first Chinese company that Hungary signed a strategic cooperation with seven years ago.

Players in the Hungarian telecommunications market have greatly relied on the company’s technologies over the years, he added.

The company’s logistics centre in Hungary is its largest outside China

, he said. He added that despite the pandemic, Huawei has announced a significant investment in Hungary, and he thanked the company for its donations to anti-pandemic efforts.

Szijjártó said the strategy of opening to the East had resulted in a 22 percent increase in Hungarian exports to the East over ten years and 25 percent growth in trade. Last year, 60 percent of investments, in value terms, in Hungary came from the East and 40 percent of new jobs were linked to such companies.

Huawei in Budapest hungary

He said one of the main objectives of the strategy was to develop close, pragmatic cooperation based on mutual benefits with China. Over the past ten years, 5 billion US dollars-worth of Chinese investments have been carried out in Hungary, and Chinese companies employ 15,000 Hungarians, he added.

Szijjártó said it was easy to understand why Hungary was the first EU country to join the Belt and Road initiative.

Last year, China was Hungary’s 10th most important trade partner, he added.

As we wrote yesterday, Chinese-owned Chervon Group will set up a 17.5 billion-forint car parts plant in Miskolc, in north-east Hungary.

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Source: MTI

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  1. It’s interesting that Sziijárto’s new best friends in Washington lent very heavily in the UK government to deny Huawei involvement in UK 5G networks with the result that ALL Huawei equipment is now being stripped from the entire UK communications networks, 5G or not. I wonder why the same pressure is not being applied to the Hungarian government about telecoms? Or perhaps it’s just a matter of time before Uncle Sam tells Hungary what to do through the ever obliging yacht loving messenger.

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