China In Eurasia: Beijing's Shadow Over Hungary's Elections

China In Eurasia: Beijing's Shadow Over Hungary's Elections

Andrew H. Sweet

Close ties with Beijing have been a hallmark of Orban's foreign policy since he took the country's helm more than a decade ago, and the opposition has tried to push Orban's controversial China ties into the spotlight during the tightening election.

Polls show that China itself isn't a wedge issue for Hungarian voters. Still, the corruption and debt concerns attached to the country's Chinese projects can breakthrough -- and that looks to be part of the opposition's strategy moving forward.

Orban's government appears to be aware of this. Despite having been one of China's more reliable partners in Brussels, Hungary has grown more silent of late and did not oppose the extension of the E.U.'s Xinjiang sanctions.

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