PRC Offers to Deepen Security, Law-Enforcement With Hungary

    PRC Offers to Deepen Security, Law-Enforcement With Hungary
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    The Facts

    • China has reportedly offered Hungary deeper law enforcement and security ties, including combating terrorism. This comes as the two nations honor 75 years of their diplomatic relationship.

    • Chinese Public Security Minister Wang Xiaohong met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Feb. 16 and hoped to strengthen their coordination in "international and regional affairs."


    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Hungary and China are showing the world how a bilateral relationship based on trust and mutual respect can be beneficial to both the parties involved. China's offer now to further deepen their strategic ties indicates that the two nations' warming is gaining steam. Together, the leaders of the two nations are shaping a comprehensive partnership that will be a truly multi-polar model for the world to follow.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Hungary's "Eastern Opening" policy, which has led to its newfound love for China, could be leading the country towards disaster. This also endangers the EU by giving Beijing a dangerous foothold in Europe. Frequently criticized for his authoritarian tendencies, Orban has found a willing partner in China, while Beijing may be keen on using Hungary's key position in the EU to swing matters in a concerning geopolitical direction on the world stage.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 15% chance that Hungary will leave the EU by 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.



    Establishment split

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