On April 30, 2012, visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with Hungarian acting President & Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament Laszlo Kover at the Sándor Palace in Budapest.
Li first conveyed the cordial greetings from President Hu Jintao and Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Wu Bangguo to Kover. Li said that with a long history of exchanges and contacts, China and Hungary have cultivated deep friendship and laid solid foundation for pragmatic cooperation. Hungary has become China's largest investment destination in Central and Eastern Europe, Li said, adding it is in the fundamental interests of both countries to enhance friendly and cooperative partnership. China has always looked at China-Hungary relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective and would like to be Hungary's good friend and partner.
Li said China stands ready to actively promote practical cooperation with Hungary and make joint efforts to create conditions for promoting two-way trade and balance of trade. The Chinese side will encourage competent Chinese enterprises to invest in Hungary and provide financial support for them, said Li, voicing the hope that the Hungarian side will step up efforts to explore Chinese market and offer more convenient conditions for the investment drive of Chinese enterprises. Against the backdrop of ever-deepening globalization, the two nations need to pull together in times of trouble and further advance practical cooperation in various areas, the Chinese vice premier said. Humanities exchanges are an important foundation for the development of bilateral relations and both sides should actively promote the implementation of the agreements already reached, in order to enhance mutual understanding of the two peoples.
Kover lauded the important role China plays in international political and economic affairs, adding his country deems China as its strategic cooperative partner. Vice Premier Li Keqiang's current visit will deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation and strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries. He said Hungary is willing to expand trade with China, increase exports to China and attract more Chinese enterprises to invest in Hungary in a joint effort to cope with the international financial crisis. The two sides also need to strengthen exchanges in such areas as education and tourism, Kover said.
After the talks, Kover accompanied Li to overlook the Budapest cityscape from the balcony of the presidential palace and introduced relevant city buildings. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry's State Secretary briefed Li Keqiang on the city history, development status quo, cultural traditions and municipal construction of Budapest.