Hungary slams U.S. warnings about using Chinese tech giant Huawei's products
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Tuesday slammed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying "the world is not going to be a better place if some countries spend their time intervening in the internal political affairs of other countries" in response to a statement from the U.S. official that the use of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei's products would complicate the partnership between the U.S. and Hungary during a joint press conference in Budapest.
During the presser, Pompeo warned Hungary not to deploy equipment provided by Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecoms equipment. He said the use of Huawei technology would "make it more difficult for us to partner alongside them."
Szijjarto immediately brushed off the warning, saying that Budapest can have transparent relations with Beijing, according to reports from Russia Today.
"Cooperation with Russia or China that does not harm us," the Hungarian official said.
Later in the day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also refuted Washington's "China threat" statement, saying this behavior is "neither fair nor moral."
"For some time, the U.S. has spared no effort in fabricating unwarranted charges against China and making various "China threat" theories. It has even made naked threats and provocations against China's relations with other countries, damaging the rights and interests of legitimate development and cooperation with Chinese companies," said spokesperson Hua Chunying.
Friendly cooperation has always been the theme of China-Hungary relationship, Hua said, and she hopes that other countries will stop their irresponsible intervention.
"We hope all relevant parties can abandon ideological prejudices and zero-sum game thinking, to provide fair, inclusive, transparent and standardized conditions for international cooperation," she said.
Pompeo, who is now on the first leg of a European tour, arrived in Hungary on Monday. The U.S. official has previously warned its NATO ally Hungary about having close relations with Russia.