picture of Péter Márki-Zay

As Prime Minister, Péter Márki-Zay would completely review and re-evaluate Hungary’s relationship with China, from Chinese loans to the proposed Fudan University campus in Budapest, the prime ministerial candidate told the Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.

Interviewed by the newspaper on Thursday in Brussels, Márki-Zay stated that he would put an end to Hungary’s practice of consistently vetoing European Union resolutions that condemn China.

The opposition’s designated candidate for prime minister added that he suspects corrupt deals in the renovation of the railway between Belgrade and Budapest that is largely being funded by Chinese loans, and would ask independent bodies to review the relevant contracts. Moreover, he believes that the project is overpriced and that the financing terms are unfavorable for Hungary.

“The Orbán government’s policy towards China is completely contrary to national interests,” Márki-Zay told the paper. “I want to work with China, but on a mutually beneficial basis.”

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.