Chinese campus sows discord in Budapest

The opposition to Viktor Orban demonstrated this weekend against the establishment of a branch of Fudan University.

The opposition to the government of Viktor Orban, which is already preparing for the legislative elections of spring 2022, has just scored a point. A demonstration, the first in more than seven months, gathered this weekend several thousand Hungarians in Budapest despite the restrictions still in force on gatherings. It was opposed to the establishment of a gigantic campus intended to accommodate a branch of Fudan University, a renowned Chinese public establishment. In March, the Hungarian government announced that in 2024, this Shanghai-based university would open its one and only campus outside of China in Budapest.

Investigative media Direkt36 has since revealed that the operation will be almost entirely funded by a € 1.3 billion loan from China to Hungary, and that the campus will be built mostly by Chinese companies. We also learned that the gigantic campus will replace 12,000 housing units and other dedicated infrastructure.

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