Hungary’s current China policy is focused mainly on pragmatic, business-related exchanges. Political values and principles do not play a significant role. The Hungarian Government sees the world as moving towards a more transactional time, in which the economy will become the main fi eld of tension and competition. In such a period, making new and influential friends such as China could be very useful. However, there are also signs that the Hungarian leadership is ideologically attuned to illiberalism – both politically and economically – and sees a bright future for authoritarian states like China. While independent media outlets are aware of the debate over values in EU-China relations, the general public shows little interest in it.

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