A procurement tender is to be published later today by Hungarian authorities for a mondernised rail link with Serbia for the transport of Chinese goods into Western Europe. The rail line, which will be linked to the Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, was announced by Hungary’s foreign minister, Peter Szillarto.
“We, in this region, have looked at China’s leading role in the new world order as an opportunity rather than a threat,” Szijjarto said in a news conference at Budapest International Airport.
The tender comes ahead of a two-day summit in Budapest, where leaders from China and central European countries will meet. Up to 16 prime ministers are expected to attend along with Chinese premier Li Keqiang.
In his statement, Szijjarto also mentioned the possibility of the rail line becoming the main transport route for Chinese goods that arrive by sea at the Greek port of Piraeus and head into other parts of Europe.