Norway caught in squeeze over China

Four years after finally ending a diplomatic freeze with China, Norway has found itself needing to choose sides in new Chinese conflicts, now related to China’s role in the Corona virus crisis. Norway wants to stay on good terms with everyone, but it’s not easy. Norway’s most important allies all back an independent probe of […]

Corona costs hit Norway hard

NEWS ANALYSIS: Some analysts and portfolio managers were dismissing the Oslo Stock Exchange’s dive this week as just “a correction,” but with Norway’s most important industries already suffering from China’s Corona virus, national employers’ organization NHO warns that the entire Norwegian economy can be hit hard. “Norway has a small, open economy,” NHO notes in […]

‘Russia and China threaten defense’

Norway’s recently embattled military intelligence agency is pointing once again to Russia and China as posing the biggest defense threats. Both continue to move in a more authoritative direction, according to the agency whose chief, Morten Haga Lunde, is especially worried about Russia’s new long-distance missiles. “The factors that, to the greatest degree, influence the […]

Ullevål braced for any Wuhan virus cases

Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo and health officials around Norway contend they’re prepared to deal with any outbreaks of what’s now being called the Wuhan virus, especially after the first case was confirmed in neighbouring Sweden over the weekend. Ullevål reports having isolation rooms ready to house and treat Wuhan/Corona virus patients. Health Minister Bent […]

Ericsson wins over Huawei in Norway

Telenor, Norway’s largely state-owned telecoms firm, finally announced its choice for building out its 5G network in its home market, and it’s not China’s controversial technology giant Huawei. In choosing Sweden’s Ericsson instead, Telenor has clearly paid attention not only to security concerns but political as well. Huawei, which now ranks as the world’s largest […]

Norway defies new squeeze over China

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s biggest ally, the US, views China as an emerging threat that won’t play by the rules, and NATO addressed concerns over China for the first time last week. Norway, meawhile, remains intent on  negotiating a new free trade deal with the non-democratic China that’s under fire for massive human rights abuses. Critics […]

Norway’s ‘Jens’ to calm NATO nerves

NEWS ANALYSIS: As nervous and bickering leaders of NATO member countries gathered in London on Tuesday, their own Norwegian leader Jens Stoltenberg was using all his diplomatic and folksey skills to keep them united. Norway’s biggest dilemma, meanwhile, is over the US’ proposal that NATO view China as a threat. Stoltenberg already tried in advance […]

China meets some new opposition

NEWS ANALYSIS: Nine years after the Norwegian Nobel Committee infuriated Chinese officials by awarding the Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao, the conciliatory tone that other Norwegian officials felt forced to adopt may finally get tougher. Telia Norge’s decision this week to dump Huawei as a supplier for the mobile operator’s 5G network […]

Protests persist after top Chinese visit

NEWS ANALYSIS: What does this man and his Chinese government colleagues want from Norway? Many suspect more influence in the Arctic, lucrative trade deals and tacit acceptance of their authoritarian regime after Li Zhanshu, China’s third most-powerful leader, visited Oslo and Stavanger last week. Protests and angry questions are still flying after both Norwegian and […]

MP accuses China of ‘manipulation’

UPDATED: “It’s clear China has manipulated us,” declared a Member of Parliament to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Tuesday afternoon. MP Petter Eide was responding to NRK’s report about how the Chinese Embassy in Oslo managed to prevent Amnesty International from mounting a protest when China’s third most-powerful man visits the Norwegian Parliament on Wednesday. Eide […]