At the invitation of the Hungarian government, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Budapest on April 30, local time, to begin his official visit to Hungary.
In his written speech upon his arrival at the airport, Li said that China-Hungary friendship has a long history. Hungary was one of the first countries to forge diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. With increasing exchanges of high-level visits, Sino-Hungarian political mutual trust has been promoted steadily while economic and trade cooperation making remarkable progress, he said. People-to-people and cultural exchanges between both sides have also been conducted vigorously. Being a European Union (EU) member state, Hungary has played an important role in deepening the relationship and enriching cooperation between China and the 27-member bloc, he said. China attaches great importance to the development of the friendly and cooperative partnership between the two countries and is ready to work with Hungary to push the ties to a higher level, Li noted.
The Chinese vice premier said that during his stay, he will meet with Hungarian leaders on the future development of bilateral ties and witness the signing of cooperative agreements in the sectors of finance, agriculture, science and technology, infrastructure, and cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises. He expressed the belief that his visit will boost mutual understanding and trust as well as friendship between China and Hungary, and will bring fresh vigor to China-Hungary friendly cooperative partnership.
During his visit, Li will hold talks and meetings with Hungarian acting President Laszlo Kover, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics and other Hungarian leaders, exchanging in-depth views with them on bilateral ties and issues of common concern. Li will also attend the cultural activities held by the Chinese-Hungarian bilingual school in Hungary.
Upon his arrival, Li was greeted at the airport by Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics, János Hóvári, Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Chinese Ambassador to Hungary Gao Jian.
Li arrived in Hungary for an official visit after concluding his official visit to Russia. Upon his departure, Li was seen off at the airport by Prime Minister of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov and Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui.