Hungary is Flirting with Communism Again

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The Hungarian People’s Republic was a one-party Socialist Republic from August 1949 to October 23, 1989. The governing Socialist Worker’s Party was under the control of the Soviet Union, as a result of the decision by the Allied powers after WWII that Hungary should be included in the Soviet sphere of influence.

After years of Soviet meddling, political repression and economic decline, the Hungarian Revolution – a nationwide popular uprising – broke out in 1956. The Soviets sent troops to crush the opposition and installed a Soviet-controlled Government under Jànos Kádár. For the next 32 years, Kádár ruled Hungary based on a semi-Liberal Communist model termed “Goulash Communism”. 

During the years of Stalinist Soviet influence (1949-1956) Hungary experienced one of the harshest dictatorships in Europe under Mátyás Rákosi. 

Regardless of its tortured history with Soviet Communism, Hungary’s current leadership is flirting with Communism again. – the worst kind, the kind practiced by the Chinese Communist Party.

As an expanding number of nations are uniting to condemn and repel the Unrestricted Warfare that the CCP is waging on the World – including the development and release of a biological weapon, Hungary is a notable exception. When leading western nations (including the EU) sanctioned the CCP for the Xinjiang genocide, Hungary declared that sanctions were “pointless, self-aggrandizing, and harmful”. We have heard this kind of naive nonsense before. Usually, this language is hiding massive corruption and profit-taking. Establishment politicians, large corporate executives, media, scientists, social media executives, even Hollywood executives and personalities have been taking money, profits, bribes and favors from the CCP, as part of its BGY and influence operations in the West, for decades. This is incontrovertible and well documented. 

For the Prime Minister of Hungary, with its long a tortured experience with Soviet Communism, to be leading the country down the same path again is unconscionable, and we can only hope that the wise Hungarian people will not be duped. Unfortunately, it is a catch-22 in Hungary right now. Elections are slated for 2022. Oban has been in power since 2003. He has been a force against the worst Globalist tendencies of the EU Parliament, however, either by design (bribes) or by being naive about CCP intent, Oban is bringing Hungary into the CCP’s orbit. 

What’s worse, although Oban’s party (Fidesz-KDNP) is tracking at about 45% of the popular vote in polling (this is down nearly 5% in April) this is still enough to give him a renewed majority [1] .

Of the 27 EU members, Hungary was the only one to vote against the EU sanctions on Xinjiang Genocide. This vote succeeded in vetoing the EU sanctions. This was rewarded with a congratulatory call from Xi Jinping himself. By way of explanation, in 2015 Oban was the first EU country to sign the CCP’s One-Belt-One-Road (BRI) roadmap to global hegemony. He is not only hitching his country’s fortunes to the BRI but his personal fortunes as well. 

The CCP China has invested at least $4.5B in Hungary. The highest in Europe. How much of that ended up in Oban’s accounts we can only speculate about. But unfortunately for Hungarians, their Prime Minister’s cozy relationship with Beijing means Hungary will suffer heavily: large loans eventually leading to asset seizures; growing reliance on the RMB; use of Chinese on important projects; communist ideology being imported to educational institutions.

Hungary is used by the CCP as a way to: penetrate the EU market and avoid any tariffs or restrictions that might be placed on direct imports; a way to acquire high technology and skills from the EU, technology that might be blocked from direct access into China; create an RMB clearing conduit thereby helping the CCP to accelerate the adoption of RMB for trade; build its soft power pillars to promote communist ideology through Confucius Institutes and talent exchange; having an ally in the EU who can veto any initiatives, critical of the CCP [1].

The experiences of Montenegro and Sri Lanka reveal the dangers of falling prey to the CCP’s debt-trap diplomacy. In April 2021, Montenegro asked the EU for help in repaying a $1B loan to EXIM Bank. The loan was for a BRI project to finance highway construction. The total debt for the project was 103% of Montenegro’s entire GDP!

Nobody, least of all the CCP, can claim that this project financing was healthy for the nation of Montenegro. 

China has officially lent $461B to BRI projects since 2013. It is believed that an equal amount has been lent, but not disclosed. When Sri Lanka was unable to service its obligations under a $5B BRI loan, it was forced to forfeit 70% of the deep seaport in Hambantota for 99 years and $1.2B. Countries like Bangladesh, Malaysia, Burma, Pakistan and Sierra Leone have cancelled BRI projects as a result of fear that they would face the same fate. As a result of the CCP-virus pandemic, the CCP is facing a wave of requests for BRI debt relief [1]

An ingenious strategy by the CCP. Pile the debt on countries that have strategic assets in locations that the CCP covets. Then release a biological weapon that decimates the economies of the recipient nations. The last step is to make deals for debt relief that require relinquishing the assets.

The CCP project that might finally break the back of Orban’s popularity, and the tacit acceptance of his CCP-invasion policy, is the plan to build a Shanghai-Fudan University campus on the banks of the Danube river in Budapest.

The $1.9B project ($1.54B to be financed by loans from the China Development Bank) is opposed by Budapest’s Mayor [2]. It risks forming a debt trap for Budapest and Hungary akin to the one Sri Lanka suffered. Only 20% of people believe the project will be beneficial to Hungary, Daily News Hungary reports. Moreover, China Construction Group has fully contracted the construction project, which violates the UE procurement rules. The Government of Victor Orban refuses to disclose the full details of the project to the Budapest City Council. I wonder why that would be? What could they possibly be hiding? 

The Mayor of Budapest wisely points out that although Fudan is an international “elite” university, the charter of the university requires it to follow the dictates and wishes of the CCP. “The Hungarian government’s decision would pose a serious national security risk” he correctly points out. It seems not everybody in Hungary is ready to surrender national sovereignty for personal profits.

According to a report by Panyi Szabolcs, a reporter for Direkt36, the CCP’s infiltration in Hungary is severe, with local Chinese students often recruited as spies by the CCP to infiltrate all sectors. According to RFE/RL, Katalin Cseh, a member of the European Parliament from Hungary’s Momentum Movement, said that “Beijing needs ‘Trojan horses’ within the EU, and the Hungarian government voluntarily offers Hungary for this role” [2]. It is critical to add that the extremely small percentage of students who cooperate with the CCP are forced into these acts against their host nations. The CCP’s coercive tactics are well known. Mostly they consist of implicit threats against students’ families in mainland China. Without the pressure from the CCP, none of these students would engage in these activities. 

EU politicians have long been in bed with the CCP and have been willing to allow CCP infiltration of their countries in return for personal benefits. However, with the recent revelations around the CCP-virus biological weapon, even these politicians have been forced to find their patriotic instincts again. Oban on the other hand seems entirely devoid of patriotism and exclusively focused on his own aggrandizement. Unfortunately for him, the CCP’s ascendancy is in reverse, and Oban’s fortunes will crash along with them.

Reference:

[1] “Hungary Embraces China’s Belt & Road, Undermining Efforts to Curtail Human Rights Abuses”, Pingping Yu, Epoch Times, May 25, 2021

[2] “Relations Between Hungary and China Forcing EU to Reckon With China”, Thomas Luke, Epoch Times, May 25, 2021

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