Beijing, September 3 (MTI) – Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto attended a large-scale military parade and held talks with the Chinese vice president in Beijing on Thursday.
The parade attended by leaders of several countries was held in the centre of Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War Two in Asia.
Meeting Szijjarto, Vice President Li Yuanchao called Hungary a reliable partner and praised bilateral relations. He thanked Hungary for hosting the China-Central Eastern Europe summit in 2017.
Szijjarto asked Yuanchao’s support in further increasing Chinese investments in Hungary, noting that investments by Chinese companies already present in the country such as Huawei, Wanhua, Westcast, as well as the Bank of China have greatly contributed to Hungary’s economic growth.
Although this year marks the 40th anniversary of China-EU diplomatic relations, building a real strategic partnership with substantial content has been rather slow, he said.
Szijjarto expressed Hungary’s support for the conclusion of a EU-China investment agreement as soon as possible.
“Hungary is a chief promoter of developing EU-China relations, as has been pointed out by my hosts,” Szijjarto said, adding that the Hungarian government’s efforts in opening to the East had been recognised by the Chinese government by signing first with Hungary an agreement on its “One Belt, One Road” programme.