On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Hungary, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) hosted a conference evaluating bilateral relations of the two countries. The event also provided a forum for authors contributing to the book to be published for the anniversary to present the results of their researches. The conference was organised jointly by IFAT and the China-CEE Institute.
Keynote speakers touched various dimensions of bilateral relations from high-level meetings of politicians to cooperation in the field of sports, education and culture. Speakers enumerated the milestones of relations between the two countries highlighting the significance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Hungary’s Eastern Opening policy in building bilateral ties.
In the panel discussions mainly those researchers were invited who submitted papers for the book to be published jointly by IFAT and China-CEE Institute on the occasion of the 70th anniversary. Members of the panel focusing on economic relations evaluated the aspects of bilateral trade and technology transfer. They highlighted that advanced technology offers a more comprehensive way for political regimes to control societies. Researchers also presented latest statistics of investment and trade relations of the two countries. In the second panel it was analysed whether the Chinese development model could be an alternative for Hungary and also how Hungary’s economic reforms in the 1970s and 1980s attracted attention of Chinese economists. Researchers in the third panel presented the results of a survey of future narratives of Chinese youngsters living in Hungary, and analysed the Eastern origin of Hungarian tribes and the Hungarian language.