Budapest conference reviews 70 years of China-CEE ties

BUDAPEST, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) — A conference was held here on Friday on the 70-year history of diplomatic relations between China and some central and eastern European (CEE) countries and the prospects for further developing these ties.

Entitled “Bilateral relations in the changing world — 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and some CEE countries,” the conference was co-organized by the China-CEE Institute and the Pallas Athene Innovation and Geopolitical Foundation (PANGEO).

The keynote speech was delivered by Duan Jielong, Chinese ambassador to Hungary, and the speakers included experts from China, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Albania, Poland and Romania.

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and is also the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and some CEE countries, such as Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, Albania — both of which are worthy of our celebration and review,” said Duan.

He underlined that through 70 years of hard work under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Asian country has achieved great success and is well recognized by the international community.

“Today, China is not only the second largest world economy, but also the second largest contributor to UN (United Nations) membership fees and UN international peacekeeping actions,” he said.

The ambassador also touched upon the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which he described as a “harmonious development concept of building a community of shared future for mankind.”

Norbert Csizmadia, president of the board of PANGEO, praised China for having the vision to help strengthen the whole Eurasian region through the BRI. “Thanks to the BRI, people will recognize this century as the rise of the Eurasian area,” he said.

Renata Cuhlova of the Czech Research Center of Zhejiang Financial College spoke about the dynamic evolution of Czech-Chinese relationship. She examined its political aspects and discussed trade cooperation, investment activities and people-to-people exchanges.(Source: Xinhua)