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Beijing Seeks a Gateway to Europe via Budapest

Beijing’s main interest in strengthening relations with Budapest is not about Hungary itself but about Europe as a whole. A friendly EU member means opportunities to shape EU-China economic and political relations more in the CCP’s favor. The long list of strategic sectors in which the two sides signed cooperation agreements during Xi’s Budapest visit should be a concern for other EU and NATO states.

What China Sees in Ireland

While ties between Ireland and China have been relatively free of the tensions seen in many other European countries’ bilateral relationships with Beijing, troubles might lie ahead.