László Kövér, the speaker of Hungary’s parliament, has held talks with Li Junhzu, the deputy head of the People’s Congress of China’s Shaanxi Province in the capital city of Xi’an, parliament’s press chief said on Tuesday.
He praised Hungary’s current relations with China as unprecedented, Zoltán Szilágyi said in a statement.
Kövér said that whereas Hungarian-Chinese friendship had a long tradition going back in history, recent economic development in both countries had triggered intensive cooperation in several areas.
This is reflected in Hungary’s position as China’s “gateway” to central Europe and the recipient of the largest amount of Chinese investments in the region, totalling 4 billion dollars, he said. Chinese businesses employ more than 10,000 people in Hungary, he added.
Trade relations with Shaanxi have developed apace over the past year, mainly in IT and vehicle manufacturing, said Kövér.
Li Junhzu said Shaanxi aimed to regain its central role over several centuries as a central province along the Silk Road route under China’s Belt and Road initiative.