Budapest district renames streets in protest against Chinese university – EURACTIV.com
The Dalai Lama Street and the Uighur Martyrs Road – these are just a few of the new names the Hungarian capital municipality has given to the streets surrounding the area where the government plans to build a university campus Chinese Fudan.
The new street names installed on Tuesday are a sign of opposition from Krisztina Baranyi, responsible for the Ferencváros district of the capital, where construction is planned.
The quarrel between the management of the capital and the government has lasted for more than a month after a investigation through Direkt36 revealed that the Hungarian executive is planning to contract with a Chinese company to build a new Shanghai-based Fudan University campus in the city.
Chinese investment also called into question the fate of a student city initially planned for the same location, which included more than 8,000 dormitory places.
The construction of the student city was one of the conditions for Budapest and its opposition-led districts to support the organization of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in the capital and the construction of the Ferencváros athletic stadium.
The campus of Fudan University would be built by a pre-approved Chinese construction company, with Chinese workers and a Chinese loan of 1.25 billion euros (450 billion HUF).
The Hungarian government had already promised approximately 2.3 million euros to support real estate purchases at Fudan University.
“We have given a nice new name to the public spaces around the planned Chinese university,” Baranyi wrote on his Facebook page, adding that citizens of the capital will be able to voice their opinion on the projects in a poll from June 4. .
Meanwhile, two-thirds of Hungarians reject Fudan University’s Budapest campus, one-third of which are pro-government voters, the Republikon Institute found. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)