Hungary PM Orban to hold talks with Xi, China foreign ministry says

China's foreign ministry says Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban is visiting China on Monday for talks with President Xi Jinping.

The ministry says the leaders will meet for "in-depth communication on issues of mutual interest."

Orban posted a photo on his social media account on Monday morning that shows him talking with a woman believed to be China's vice foreign minister in front of an aircraft, with the hashtag #Beijing.

The Hungarian leader is known for his pro-Russian stance. He met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv last Tuesday, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday. Hungary took over the European Union's rotating presidency at the beginning of July.

Orban has vowed to make efforts toward peace. But the Ukrainian government said his visit to Russia was decided by the Hungarian side without agreement or coordination with Kyiv.

China did not attend the international conference on peace in Ukraine that was held last month without Russia's participation. Beijing has indicated that it will take its own stance on engaging with Ukraine.

Observers will be paying attention to what Orban and Xi say about Ukraine in their meeting.