China Offers Security Support to Hungary Amidst Strategic Realignments

World | February 19, 2024, Monday // 10:10
Bulgaria: China Offers Security Support to Hungary Amidst Strategic Realignments

China has extended its support to Hungary on public security matters, marking a significant development in their long-standing strategic partnership. The offer comes at a crucial juncture as NATO seeks to bolster its influence in Europe, adding a new dimension to Hungary's foreign relations beyond traditional trade and investment ties. Reuters reported on the commitments made during a rare meeting between Chinese officials and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

As both nations commemorate the 75th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year, China's Public Security Minister Wang Xiaohong emphasized a broader scope for collaboration. During his visit to Budapest, Wang highlighted areas of mutual interest such as counter-terrorism and tackling transnational crime. He expressed hope for these efforts to reinforce bilateral relations, echoing President Xi Jinping's vision under the Belt and Road Initiative aimed at fostering global connectivity through trade and infrastructure investments.

The meeting saw the signing of agreements on law enforcement and security cooperation between Wang and Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pinter. However, specific details of these accords were not disclosed by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua.

China's proactive security assistance to Hungary comes against the backdrop of the latter's strategic realignments over the past decade, notably reducing dependence on Western nations. Hungary's unique stance, including its refusal to ratify Sweden's NATO membership bid, underscores its evolving foreign policy dynamics.

Notably, China's gesture underscores its diplomatic gains within the European Union, particularly as the bloc navigates its relationship with the world's second-largest economy amidst various challenges. Despite differences on issues like human rights and trade imbalances, Hungary's alignment with China diverges from EU consensus, drawing attention to its welcoming stance towards Chinese investments, including critical sectors like telecommunications and automotive manufacturing.

Hungary's embrace of Huawei Technologies and the upcoming construction of the first European factory by Chinese automaker BYD exemplify its growing economic ties with China. These developments occur despite warnings from the European Commission regarding security risks associated with such investments.

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