Budapest mayor promises to stop the construction of the first Chinese university in the EU

Aljazeera reported on May 28 that Hungary’s political opposition has pledged to block the construction of the first Chinese university in the European Union. Critics say the planned Fudan University campus in Hungary is a sign of growing dependence on the Chinese Communist Party.

Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, who hopes to run as an opposition candidate for prime minister in next year’s elections, has pledged to use “all possible legal and political means” to block the government’s plan to build a Fudan University campus in the capital, Budapest.

The Shanghai-based university, ranked among the top 200 in the world, wants to launch the campus by 2024. Under the plan, up to 8,000 students would live and study in a sprawling facility on the banks of the Danube.

News last month that the entire 1.5 billion euro ($1.8 billion) cost of building the campus was being funded by a huge loan from the Chinese Communist government, yet the news has sparked more concern that Deep Hungary is falling into dependence on the Chinese Communist Party.

Hungary has strengthened its ties with the Chinese Communist Party in recent years when the European Union and the United States have not been on good terms. At the same time, the CCP has sought to use its financial power to gain influence in Central and Eastern Europe as part of promoting its interests in the EU and NATO.