Local officials in Budapest, Hungary, renamed city streets this week in honor of several victims of Chinese communism as a way of protesting an agreement between China and the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to construct a Chinese university in the city.
Orban, who entered the prime ministership with decades of experience as an anti-communist activist, is one of dictator Xi Jinping’s closest collaborators in Europe. Under the prime minister, Hungary became the first European nation to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2015 and was among the first nations to embrace the widespread distribution of Chinese-made vaccines against the Chinese coronavirus this year.
Among the many economic and cultural agreements Orban has signed with China during his tenure is a plan announced in 2019 for the Chinese government to build an auxiliary campus for Shanghai’s Fudan University in Budapest. Like many Belt and Road projects, leaked