Demonstrators protest against the planned Chinese Fudan University campus in Budapest. (Photo: Reuters)
Last week, 15,000 people hit the streets of Budapest in Hungary to protest against the establishment of an overseas campus of Fudan University, a Chinese public university. This is the largest protest the nation has seen since early 2020.
In an exclusive interview with India Today, Hungarian investigative journalist Szabolcs Panyi of Direkt36 explained why these protests are taking place.
Q. Why are these massive protests taking place in your country?
A. The main problem is that the Hungary government struck a deal with Fudan University, according to which the cost of the construction of the Chinese university’s campus will be borne by Hungarian taxpayers. So Hungary is basically building a campus for China.
I obtained internal government documents about the deal that was struck back in 2019. According to those, there is going to be a Chinese loan…