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.
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.”
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