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The renaming of streets around the future location of Fudan University’s Budapest location is “beneath contempt” according to China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. The new streets names, which refer to China’s human rights violations, have brought reaction both from China.

On Thursday, Wang Wenbin said that Hungarian opposition politicians are “hyping up China-related issues and hindering China-Hungary cooperation.” The spokesman believes China is being used as a subject with which the opposition can criticize Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in domestic politics.

Renaming Streets Around Chinese Fudan Uni Generates International Waves
Renaming Streets Around Chinese Fudan Uni Generates International Waves

"China won't disappear from the map after 2022, and while the Chinese can forgive for pragmatic reasons, they won't forget," a sinologist warned.Continue reading

The new street signs in the ninth district contain the names Free Hongkong, Uyhur Martyrs, Dalai Lama, and Bishop Xie Shiguang. These reminders of human rights violations in East Asia are evidently bothersome for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recently called for his administration to cultivate a “reliable, admirable and respectable image.”

FM Szijjártó Decorates Chinese Counterpart for 'Proving His Friendship with Hungary' During Covid
FM Szijjártó Decorates Chinese Counterpart for 'Proving His Friendship with Hungary' During Covid

By offering Hungary the opportunity to purchase the Sinopharm vaccine, Wang "helped secure the safety of one million Hungarian people", Szijjártó said.Continue reading

The leadership of the ninth district has made it clear multiple times that it does not want the Hungarian government to remove the Northern part of the Student City to construct the Chinese state-run Fudan University’s Budapest campus.

In the featured photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo by MTI/EPA/Reuters pool/Kato Isszei