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Opposition: Planned Fudan Campus Poses Security Risks for Hungary

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.04.13.

Opposition members of parliament’s national security committee on Tuesday raised concerns over plans to set up a Fudan University campus in Budapest.

János Stummer of the right-wing Jobbik party said the government had failed to answer questions such as who represents the Hungarian state in negotiations with the Chinese university and whether they had undergone national security vetting.

He noted the opposition’s earlier suggestion that the talks should be transparent “so that residents can decide if it is worth making that huge investment.”

Socialist lawmaker Zsolt Molnár said the responses provided in the meeting had “raised more questions than were answered”. He insisted that setting up the campus posed “serious security risks” for Hungary, the EU, and NATO.

Budapest Mayor Shows What Student City Would Look Like Without Fudan
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Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony shared the simulated images of Budapest’s planned Student City, located in the same area as the construction site of Fudan University’s Budapest campus. The Orbán government has allegedly decided to, with a large loan from China, build a campus for the internationally prestigious private university on the site which was supposed […]Continue reading

Péter Ungár of LMP accused the government of “turning a blind eye” to national security risks associated with the Fudan plans, arguing that “higher education often provides cover for covert operations”. Courses to train diplomats, he added, were “especially sensitive from a national security point of view”.

featured image: LMP MP Péter Ungár in the Parliament; via Noémi Bruzák/MTI