China, Hungary to boost cooperation within Belt & Road Initiative, 16+1 framework

China, Hungary to boost cooperation within Belt & Road Initiative, 16+1 framework

  BUDAPEST, April 25 (Xinhua) -- China and Hungary have agreed to deepen cooperation within the Belt and Road Initiative and 16+1 framework. 
   China-Hungary relations are at their best after years of all-round development, Liu Qibao told Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday. 
   Liu, head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said China attaches great importance to Sino-Hungarian relations. 
   He noted that China is willing to work with Hungary to improve cooperation in economy and trade, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and other areas within the Belt and Road Initiative and 16+1 framework. 
   The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road and maritime trading routes, bringing mutually beneficial economic outcomes for every nation it reaches. 
   The 16+1 framework is a cooperation platform created in April 2012 by China and 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries including Hungary. 
   During the meeting, Liu introduced the new ideas and new strategies of national governance put forward by the CPC Central Committee with Xi as the core since the 18th CPC National Congress. 
   He said the CPC is willing to deepen communication with Hungary's ruling Fidesz Party on ideas of state and party governance in order to promote the further development of Sino-Hungarian relations. 
   Orban, who is also head of the Fidesz Party, said the Hungarian government and his party attach great importance to relations with China. 
   He said Hungary will remain open and actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and the 16+1 framework, constantly enriching the content of Sino-Hungarian ties. 
   Orban said he was looking forward to his trip to Beijing in May for an international forum on the Belt and Road Initiative and for a visit to China. 
   At the invitation of the Fidesz Party, Liu paid a three-day visit to Hungary. During the visit, Liualso attended a ceremony for the launch of the Hungarian-language edition of the book "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China." 
   Liu also attended a ceremony for the launch of the China-CEE Institute and opened the Chinese Film Festival in Budapest.