Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is known across the conservative landscape as the model illiberal leader that other aspiring politicians should emulate in the current quest to replace liberty and freedom with strong-armed, right-minded authoritarianism.
If you were to ask the average Fox-watching conservative or Christian Nationalist which nation the United States should look to as its model in a woke-torn world, most would say “Hungary” and of course, the leader of choice would be Viktor Orbán.
In reality, Orbán’s Hungary has transitioned into an illiberal European colony of the Chinese Communist Party. And while the clean streets and lack of anything Soros should be cheered, the fact that most of what makes Hungary work in 2023 is China.
Several years ago, Viktor Orbán embraced the neo-colonizing efforts of China’s debt diplomacy scheme known as the One Belt, One Road initiative (BRI). As a member of China’s data-hoovering, port-controlling BRI, Viktor Orbán has joined China’s illiberal version of the New World Order.
As the South China Morning Post states:
“Hungary received US$7.6 billion in belt and road investment last year — more than any other country — despite a multiyear downward trend in Chinese investment in Europe.” The foreign minister secured an additional $3 billion of Chinese investment during this trip. Hungary is also playing a central role at an economic exposition in China this week. As Beijing’s Global Times propaganda newspaper noted on Tuesday, “Hungary is the only guest of honor country.”
The investment from the Chinese government is dwarfed by the investment from both Chinese and other BRI national corporations. And while China’s actual market system is not “free” by Western standards, it has taken on a very “national socialism” or fascist characteristic over the last 20 years.
In an article from the Washington Examiner titled “Viktor Orbán Goes all in for China” journalist Tom Rogan states the following about how China will control Hungary’s digital communication networks:
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has been keen to remind us of that truth during his visit to China this week. Offering Hungary’s support for the Huawei telecommunications firm/Chinese signal intelligence service, Szijjarto stated that “Huawei has a decisive role to play in [Hungary’s digitization].” The foreign minister also played to Beijing’s trope that legitimate concerns over Huawei’s products are simply the result of racism. As he put it, “No one should be excluded from the competition based on their country of origin.”
So while Hungary might seem to be the manifestation of Tolkien’s Rivendell, in reality, it has become a propped-up colony of China in the center of Europe. Viktor Orbán will continue to play the role of the very conservative and very illiberal Christian leader of Hungary. But the world is beginning to notice that Hungary and Orbán are taking on Chinese Communist Party characteristics.
Join Michael O’Fallon as he examines Viktor Orbán’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party on today’s Public Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic.
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