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Viktor Orban on his way to China? Surprising reports

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As noted by the portal 444.hu, the government plane that Orbán is probably traveling on was on its way from Budapest to Beijing on Sunday afternoon.

From Monday Hungary hold the six-month rotating presidency of the EU Council. The day after taking over the presidency, the head of the Hungarian government he went on a “peace mission” to Kiev, and three days later he visited Moscowwhich sparked criticism from Hungary's Western allies.

“In Moscow, Viktor Orbán does not represent the EU or its positions in any way. He uses the position of the EU presidency to cause confusion” – the Estonian Prime Minister wrote on social media. Kaja Kallas is soon to take over as the head of EU diplomacy.

Orban to return visit to China?

Orban, who received the leader in Budapest at the beginning of May Chin Xi Jinpingannounced earlier in an interview for the Swiss weekly “Die Weltwoche” that after Friday's visit to Moscow he will have several “equally surprising” visitswhich the public will learn about at the last moment.

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Sunday that he had received in Budapest Robin Zeng, the head of CATL, the Chinese giant in the production of batteries for electric cars. In mid-2022, CATL announced that it would invest more than 7.3 billion euros in building a 100 GWh battery factory in Debrecen, eastern Hungary.

Szijjarto said in a video posted on Facebook:We will make every effortto avoid a trade war with China during our EU Council Presidency, as this would cause serious damage to Europe.”

Hungary Joins the Game. With the Chinese on Peace in Ukraine?

On Saturday, the press reported that Szijjarto's meeting with the head of German diplomacy was scheduled for Monday. Annalena Baerbock was canceled. Although the media reported political reasons, as Baerbock had criticized Budapest's attitude to Russiathe Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed to “changes in the minister's schedule”.

In February 2023, China introduced its own, 12-point peace plan concerning the war on Ukraine. Beijing did not send its representatives to the peace summit held in mid-June Switzerlandannouncing – together with Brazil – his own proposal to organize a peace conference.

Orban stated that his “peace mission” is to consist of knowing the position of the warring parties and possible scenarios for ending the war in Ukraine. He announced that he was preparing a report on this subject for members European Councilalthough he has previously admitted that he has no mandate to negotiate on behalf of the EU over the war in Ukraine.

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