Hungarian Prime Ministerial candidates’ letter to Xi Jinping

The Hungarian opposition’s PM candidates want nothing to do with the Chinese loan that would impose an enormous burden of hundreds of billions of HUF on Hungarian taxpayers, and all opposition PM candidates commit to immediately terminating the Fudan University project as well as the Budapest-Belgrade railway construction. Acting on the initiative of the Mayor of Budapest, Klára Dobrev, András Fekete-Győr, Péter Jakab, Gergely Karácsony, Péter Márki-Zay and József Pálinkás wrote a joint letter to the President of the People’s Republic of China to inform Xi Jinping of their intentions.

Despite the difference between the political systems of the People’s Republic of China and Hungary, the Prime Ministerial candidates strive to continue the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. ‘However, the recent events have unfortunately cast a shadow on the development of the multi-layered relations between the People’s Republic of China and Hungary. European competitive multi-party parliamentary democracies require a broad political consensus to support large projects before the incumbent government could legitimately commit to any liability that is carried over to the next term. We must state that the implementation of the Belgrade-Budapest railway and Fudan University’s Budapest campus projects under the present terms lack both the consensus of the Hungarian political forces and the support of the majority of the Hungarian public. The rejection is largely due to the lack of transparency in terms of the preparations for the two projects that are kept under a cloak of secrecy by the Hungarian government, while the representatives of the incumbent Hungarian government’s business circle have already shown up around the railway project which is at a more advanced stage of development’, the letter says.

The PM candidates state that no matter who is elected as the next Prime Minister of Hungary, they will act according to the obvious will of the majority of the voters and immediately put a halt to the implementation of the Belgrade-Budapest railway and Fudan University’s Budapest campus under the present conditions and therefore do not wish to use the loan that the current government requested for Hungary in the framework of these projects.

‘Nevertheless, we sincerely hope that the incumbent Hungarian government’s missteps in regards to the two projects and the unfortunate consequences thereof will not stop the further development of the multi-layered and traditionally good relations of our countries’, concludes the joint letter signed by Klára Dobrev, András Fekete-Győr, Péter Jakab, Gergely Karácsony, Péter Márki-Zay and József Pálinkás.