Protests in Budapest against the construction of a Chinese campus

The creation of a branch of a Chinese university in Budapest is controversial in Hungary. Opponents accuse the nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban of putting the interests of China ahead of those of Hungary.

In April, the government canceled a project planned for the construction of a university campus on the banks of the Danube to replace it with that of a satellite campus of Fuban University, located in Shanghai.

Demonstrators gathered this Saturday, June 5 against the project accuse the government of not being transparent enough and denounce the rapprochement between Orban and the Chinese regime. The organizers believe that the Prime Minister offers him with this campus a way to increase his influence in Europe.

According to information from Hungarian investigative media Direkt 36, picked up by Bloomberg, Hungary intends to donate the land to Fudan University and will build the premises itself. To finance this project estimated at 1.5 billion euros, the country could thus disburse 289 million euros directly and borrow the rest from a Chinese bank.

Municipal opposition

The mayor of Budapest is opposed to the project and renamed the streets around the campus with names chosen to provoke the Chinese government. The university will therefore give among other things on the avenues “Dalai Lama“And”Uyghur martyrs».

For its part, the government underlines the quality of Fudan University (hundredth in the Shanghai ranking), and believes that it “will allow students to learn from the best».

Viktor Orban maintains cordial relations with the government of Xi Jinping. Hungary recently blocked a joint EU declaration in solidarity with Hong Kong. She was also the first European country to authorize the use of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine on its territory.

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