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Xi Jinping Speaks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on the Phone

On April 29, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the COVID-19 outbreak, China and Hungary as well as the two peoples have been supporting each other, and carrying out sound cooperation in such areas as pandemic prevention and control as well as work and production resumption, which has achieved important results. The two sides have especially worked closely together on vaccines, demonstrating high-level political mutual trust and a more resilient and dynamic bilateral relationship. China firmly honors its commitment of making vaccines a global public good and is ready to continue strengthening vaccine cooperation with Hungary.

Xi Jinping stressed that China highly appreciates Hungary for its firm adherence to a friendly policy towards China, as well as its significant contributions to advancing cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), and safeguarding the overall China-Europe relations. China is willing to conduct close strategic communication with Hungary, consolidate political mutual trust, and take the Hungary-Serbia Railway and other major projects as a guide to deepen practical cooperation in various fields. China is also ready to join Hungary in tackling all kinds of risks and challenges and pushing for constant development in the China-Hungary comprehensive strategic partnership, so as to better benefit the people of the two countries. The recent China-CEEC Summit made important planning and guidance for the development of cooperation mechanism. China is ready to work with Hungary and other parties to forge ahead in an innovative spirit, and push for the continuous advancement of the China-CEEC cooperation.

Orbán noted that Hungary and China have carried out close cooperation on fighting the pandemic, especially on vaccines. China has provided timely and valuable support for Hungary and played an important role in Hungary's COVID-19 containment. The Hungarian side is deeply grateful and hopes to continue to deepen vaccine cooperation with China. Hungary attaches great importance to its relations with China. Orbán is glad that bilateral trade has registered positive growth despite of the pandemic, welcomes more Chinese companies to invest in and corporate with Hungary, and will provide them with a sound business environment. Hungary is ready to work with China to actively advance the construction of the Hungary-Serbia Railway, and will continue to play a positive role in promoting cooperation between CEEC and China.

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