China’s envoy talks tough on trade war

Wang Min, China’s ambassador to Norway, was traveling around the southern portion of the country this week when he spoke warmly about trade between China and Norway but launched a tirade against the US. If US President Donald Trump wants a trade war, the envoy said, he’ll get it, “and China will fight to the […]

Fast-food salmon chains target Asia

Norwegian salmon producers and entrepreneurs aren’t only keen to boost sales of fresh fish in Asia. Now they’re investing heavily in exporting new fast-food restaurant chains with only salmon on the menu. One of the new chains, called “Pink Fish,” opened its first fast-food salmon restaurant in Oslo last fall, in the basement food-court of […]

Islamic extremists still biggest threat

Norway’s state police intelligence unit PST still ranks Islamist extremists as posing the biggest threat against security in the country. Russian intelligence, however, has the greatest damage potential, according to PST’s latest evaluation of the threats facing Norway in 2018. “People and groups inspired by extreme Islamist ideology will be the primary terror threat against […]

Chinese get to build new bridge

Norway’s state highway department, Statens vegvesen, has decided that a Chinese construction that submitted the lowest bid to build a bridge in Trøndelag will get the job. Local politicians initially had balked, preferring to award the contract to one of two European firms despite their higher prices. The Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) was […]

Chinese firm wins new stab at bridge

Politicians in Trøndelag have opted to show some “decency” when interpreting their bidding policy. They’re now allowing the Chinese company Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) to continue taking part in competition with two European companies to build a bridge, after the company publicly complained they were being excluded, and set off worries of new […]

Chinese firm fights bridge ‘boycott’

Just six months after top Norwegian politicians mended relations with China, some local ones in the county of Nord-Trøndelag have so angered a Chinese company that it’s threatening legal action. Sichuan Road and Bridge Group (SRBG) is also accusing the local Norwegian officials of boycotting the company, as fears rise that the conflict can hurt […]

Free trade talks resume with China

Negotiations finally started up again last week on a free trade agreement between Norway and China, but Norwegian salmon exporters are getting impatient. As of last week, there’d been little if any progress on getting China to open up its market. “We had expected that trade would be normalized during the summer,” Sigmund Bjørgo, chief […]

Nobel leader denied a visa to China

The leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee was denied a visa to China on Friday. Berit Reiss-Andersen wanted to take part in the funeral of Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo, who died on Thursday, but her visa application wasn’t even accepted. Reiss-Andersen, a prominent Norwegian attorney by profession and member of the Norwegian Labour Party, […]

Solberg under new attack over Liu

Prime Minister Erna Solberg was under attack again on Friday by human rights activists who think she has betrayed her own government’s human rights policy. The latest criticism comes after the death on Thursday of China’s jailed human rights promoter Liu Xiaobo, who didn’t get the support from Norway that many feel was warranted in his […]

Peace Prize winner dies in custody

UPDATED: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize but was never allowed by angry Chinese authorities to receive it in Oslo, died at a hospital in Shenyang on Thursday. Human Rights Watch quickly claimed that Liu’s death exposes “the Chinese government’s ruthlessness towards peaceful proponents of human rights and democracy.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee […]