Hungary: Thousands Protest Chinese University Project, Cornering Government

Hungary: Thousands Protest Chinese University Project, Cornering Government


An estimated 10,000 people took the streets of Budapest, Hungary, this weekend to protest an agreement for the Chinese Communist Party to build a university campus in the capital city – prompting statements, reports noted on Monday, from government officials suggesting it may not go forward with the project.

The government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the first European country to sign a deal with the Communist Party to join its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in which China offers predatory loans to developing nations in exchange for being paid to build ports, roads, and other large infrastructure projects. While not formally part of the BRI, the Orban government also agreed to allow China to build a foreign campus for its Fudan University in 1999. Officials claimed, after mounting outrage resulted in the formidable protest this weekend, that very little construction has occurred on the campus itself, allowing

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