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China, Hungary ready to cooperate over ending Ukraine conflict

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China and Hungary are ready to cooperate with “peace-loving nations” to end the Ukraine war, Beijing’s top diplomat said Monday.

Wang Yi was speaking in Budapest amid tensions over US allegations that Beijing is considering arming Russia in its war against Ukraine.

Beijing has rejected the accusations.

“China and Hungary are happy to work together with other peace-loving countries to end the current war as soon as possible,” Wang Yi said, according to an official translation.

“We would like the parties to return to the negotiating table,” he added, reiterating a call for support for a Chinese proposal to end the war.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said he welcomed the Chinese position, which sought to “establish peace as soon as possible.”

Wang also hailed the Hungarian government’s “China-friendly policy”, thanking Budapest for “supporting China’s legitimate positions at international and multilateral forums”.

“Although China and Hungary are geographically far apart”, their relationship is “developing extremely well,” Wang added.

On Sunday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban invited Wang to a private dinner, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Environmental protests erupted recently over a Chinese lithium-ion electric vehicle battery plant under construction in Hungary’s second-biggest city, Debrecen.

Orban has been keen to woo foreign manufacturers and promote the country as a global hub for EV batteries.

Wang, who has visited several European capitals in recent days and attended the Munich Security Conference, is headed to Moscow next.


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