Cooperation between Central-Eastern Europe and China is in the best interest of the European Union, said Péter Szijjártó, state secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Szijjártó spoke about the role of Europe, its competitiveness and the regional and municipal cooperation between Hungary and China.
According to Péter Szijjártó, due to economic, political and military changes in the world, the competitiveness of the continent has diminished. Addressing a Central-European-China summit in Prague, Szijjártó said “currently striving for isolation is certainly a bad option. Instead, the European Union should encourage its member states to develop a broader cooperation with the rapidly developing regions of the world. Close cooperation between China and Central Europe is something the entire EU could reap profit from,”
Péter Szijjártó is also the government commissioner, charged with overseeing ties with China. According to Szijjártó, the Hungarian government will make every possible effort to raise the trade turnover between the region and China to EUR 8 billion by 2018. The flagship project of this cooperation is the reconstruction of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line, he noted.
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