An additional 500,000 doses to Chinese vaccine will arrive in Hungary in March, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Friday after phone talks with China’s Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao.
Szijjártó said on Facebook that Wentao, appointed last year, had highlighted the fact that Szijjártó was the first European minister in charge of trade that he had got in contact with.
“He even highlighted that since the outbreak of the pandemic, I was the first European foreign minister to visit China,” Szijjártó added.
He added that while global trade decreased by 9 percent last year, Hungary-China trade turnover increased by 20 percent.
Last year Chinese companies brought the highest value of investments to Hungary and following the China visit in August, five large companies announced Hungarian investments totalling 105 billion forints (EUR 292m), he said.
The entry of Hungary’s OTP to the Chinese market has given new impetus to economic relations between the two countries, he added.
An air bridge was set up between Hungary and China last spring, bringing more than 100 million items of protective health gear to Hungary, he said.
“We are the second in Europe and the first in the European Union who could buy vaccines from China,”, Szijjártó said.