Why Is Hungary Abandoning Hong Kong?

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, December 10, 2020. (John Thys/Pool via Reuters)
For answers, look to the dangerously ambiguous ideology of Viktor Orbán.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A fter the Chinese Communist Party ground its jackboot on a number of democracy activists in Hong Kong last month — sentencing them to prison terms ranging from eight to 16 months, for the newly posited crime of peaceful protest — the European Union prepared to issue a statement of criticism. But to do so would have required the agreement of all 27 member states, and one refused: Hungary.

So the EU tried again earlier this month. As the South China Morning Post reports, the member states’ foreign ministers were set to discuss twelve possible measures in response to Beijing’s crackdown, including

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