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Socialist Ex-PM Medgyessy Praises China’s Socialism, Eastern Vaccines, and Fudan’s Arrival

Hungary Today 2021.04.30.

The key to China’s success is the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership and the maintenance of the Chinese-style socialism, former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy said recently. In another interview, he also praised the arrival of Fudan University, and criticized Democratic Coalition for encouraging people not to accept Chinese and Russian vaccines.

In the first interview given to Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi, he also discussed the performance of the Hungarian government in the coronavirus crisis management. He said that although the first wave was well managed, later on the necessary measures were taken too late and communication was also “poor,” as the Orbán government failed to talk enough about the importance of vaccination.

Although the government’s campaign on the “anti-vaxxer opposition” is harmful, he believes DK made a mistake in encouraging people not to accept Chinese and Russian vaccines without an EMA license, even if they wanted to act in good faith, Medgyessy says. Anyhow, they should have apologized afterwards, he argues.

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The former minister thinks (the arrival of) Fudan University is a good initiative, but the project has been “distorted” somewhere down the line. From a national security point of view, he is not concerned about the Chinese university coming here, any university could be a spy center, he said. From an academic point of view, Fudan University can also be a good step, as it is among the best 40 universities in the world, and can bring a lot of knowledge and research to Hungary.

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Later, in another interview with Chinese state news agency Xinhua, he also praised China’s political system, saying that the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the maintenance of Chinese-type socialism are the keys to China’s success.

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Péter Medgyessy is a long-time and controversial face in domestic politics. He held important positions (led the Finance Ministry and served as deputy PM, for instance) well before the regime change under Socialist dictator, János Kádár. After a detour in the business world, he returned back to domestic politics (to Socialist MSZP) in 1994 as PM Gyula Horn’s advisor, then becoming Minister of Finance once again in 1996. In 2002, he defeated Viktor Orbán in the elections and became Prime Minister. Following a number of scandals, including the revelation that he served as a secret agent of the one-party system, he eventually resigned in August 2004 over disputes with liberal coalition partner SZDSZ, to be later replaced by Ferenc Gyurcsány, his former confidante, who turned against him a few weeks prior.

Medgyessy explains that every society needs a social order that suits its history, cultural traditions, and its people’s character. And it is precisely the Chinese-type socialism that ensures China’s presence on an ever-evolving path in the future, and China’s success is connected to the success of the Chinese Communist Party.

The success of the party is based on two things: one is that it represents a stable, long-term sustainable set of values, and the other is that it is very good at renewing itself. Quality of life has also changed a lot in China, and this is perhaps even more important than technical progress.”

On the other hand, relevant outlets note that Medgyessy fails to discuss the situation in Tibet or China’s oppression of the Uyghur minority, something that human rights watchdogs along with a number of countries label as ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity.’

In the featured photo: Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy, when the latter receiving the Chinese-Hungarian Friendship awards in 2015. Photo by Tibor Illyés/MTI