Chinese daily Global Times analyzes US foreign policy toward Eastern-Europe after the Republican Party victory in the November midterm elections.

The US neoconservatives target two countries in Eastern-Europe – Hungary and the Czech Republic because they see both countries being too friendly towards Russia and China.

“More recently, US coercion in various forms has targeted Hungary and the Czech Republic. In the eyes of policymakers, these countries are developing too close diplomatic and economic relations with Russia and China. Washington wants to isolate Russia and contain China.

Hungary is now targeted by Washington owing to the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party. Washington objects to Hungary’s independent foreign policy and to its relations with Russia and China. A particular sin is support for the multinational South Stream pipeline project to bring natural gas from Russia to Central Europe.

The ideology of Fidesz rejects the neoliberal economics of the “Washington Consensus.” The party is committed to European integration, but sees a positive role for connectivity eastward on a Eurasian basis to support global development within a diverse multipolar environment.

Given this forward-looking orientation, it is not surprising that Orban and his party are targeted by neoconservatives involved in US foreign policy. For Washington and some influential circles in Europe, Hungary’s stance is not acceptable. It cuts against a hegemonic transatlantic Western order as the center of world politics and economics.

One mechanism Washington uses to interfere in the internal politics of targeted countries is the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).”

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