søndag 6. juni 2021

Thousands march in Budapest against Hungary’s plan to build Chinese university campus

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Budapest on Saturday to protest the Hungarian government’s plans to build a satellite campus of Shanghai’s Fudan University in the city. Organisers estimated 10,000 marched, despite government restrictions on demonstrations, in an indication of what a hot-button issue the controversial project has become in the Hungarian capital.

The proposed campus, which would be Fudan’s first physical presence in Europe, will cost more than US$1.5 billion to build, will employ mainly Chinese contractors in its construction, and will be funded using Chinese commercial loans, according to leaked documents reported by Direkt36, an investigative news outlet in Hungary.