Budapest names the planned streets of a Chinese university after the Uighurs in Hong Kong

[Budapest]The mayor of the liberal opposition Budapest announced on Wednesday that it would rename the streets of the Hungarian capital near the planned Chinese university campus to commemorate Beijing’s alleged human rights abuses.

One street is named after the Tibetan exile spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who was considered a dangerous separatist by Beijing. The other is called the “Uighur Martyrs’ Road,” as Washington and other capitals say that primarily Muslim ethnic groups were victims of the Chinese massacre, and the third road is “Free Hong Kong.” It is called the “road”. 4th Avenue will be renamed after the imprisoned Chinese Catholic bishop.

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Activists are hoisting the Tibetan flag next to a road sign named “Uighur Martyrs” near the planned site of the Fudan University campus in Budapest, Hungary, on June 2, 2021. (Bernadett Szabo / Reuters)

China has denied human rights repression.

“Some Hungarian politicians are trying to exaggerate China-related issues in order to attract attention and hinder cooperation between China and Hungary. This action deserves contempt,” said WW sentence bin of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. The spokesman said.

The renamed street converges on an area where Fudan University in China plans to open a campus that offers 6,000 students with 500 faculty and master’s programs in liberal arts, medicine, business, and engineering.

“This Fudan plan will question many of the values ​​that Hungary promised 30 years ago,” said Gergely Karaxony, the mayor of the liberal opposition, in the wake of the collapse of communism. Prime Minister Tsubasa.

Oban’s liberal opponents have accused him of being in tune with China, Russia and other non-liberal governments, angering European allies by curbing judicial and media independence.

Central European University, Hungary’s leading private university, relocated most of its operations to neighboring Austria in 2019 after the Oban administration enforced legislative amendments that endangered its position.

Caraxony told reporters that the Chinese campus would cost Hungarian taxpayers about $ 2 billion, and a previous agreement with the government to build dormitories and facilities for Hungarian students in the district. Opposed to.

The government defends the project: “The existence of Fudan University means that it will be possible to learn from the best people in the world,” said Tama Shanda, Deputy Minister of Innovation and Technology, last week. Stated.

According to a poll released Tuesday by the Liberal Think Tank Republique Institute, 66 percent of Hungarians disagree and 27 percent support the idea of ​​the campus.

“Fudan has pushed relations with China to the forefront of politics,” said Tamas Matura, a lecturer and Chinese expert at the University of Budapest.

Orban faces criticisms about the deal to rebuild the Budapest-Belgrade railway with a $ 2.1 billion Chinese loan and the rapid approval of China’s coronavirus vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the EU. , China’s dose helped accelerate vaccine programs, and road funding would improve Hungary’s transport links.

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