Tough talk against China and Russia

There’s been lots of criticism directed at both China and Russia in Norwegian media this week, some of it coming from Norway’s own Jens Stoltenberg. He’s in his last year as secretary general of NATO, as speculation swirls whether he’ll eventually come home to be governor of Norway’s central bank. It’s unlikely Stoltenberg, a former […]

Chinese seek asylum in Norway

Norwegian authorities have received around 80 applications for asylum from Chinese citizens this month. State broadcaster NRK reported that they’re all members of China’s persecuted Uighur minority and have arrived in Norway from Turkey. The applications come in addition to a new wave of asylum seekers from Afghanistan that’s also expected to increase. More than […]

China critic’s email hacked and stolen

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST and national security officials have been quietly investigating the theft of all email belonging to the deputy leader of the Parliament’s foreign relations and defense committee, veteran Member of Parliament Michael Tetzschner. He’s been among Norway’s most outspoken critics of China, from which another attack on the entire Parliament’s email […]

Summits can make Norway stronger

NEWS ANALYSIS: When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg walked into the NATO summit in Brussels last week, she’d already gained more backbone for her government’s own delicate dealings with China. New US President Joe Biden’s willingness to confront and criticize power-hungry Chinese leaders at the G7 summit the day before carried over to the subsequent […]

‘Norway can’t afford Nobel Peace Prize’

That’s the ironic headline Berit Reiss-Andersen, leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, jokes about seeing after newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) revealed financial problems at the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm and the Nobel Institute in Oslo. Andersen’s biggest problem, though, is that the Norwegian Parliament seems unwilling to offer any help, even though Alfred Nobel himself put […]

Johaug cuts her ties to Huawei

Professional cross-country skier Therese Johaug seems to have given in to strong criticism and ended a “cooperation” deal she had with the Chinese communications giant Huawei. It’s been under fire for its alleged ties to the Chinese government and the facial recognition technology used to identify and persecute the Uyghur minority in China. Johaug and […]

Norway may get tougher on China

NEWS ANALYSIS: Last week’s brief visit by China’s foreign minister Wang Yi didn’t resolve any of the issues that have given China such a poor reputation in Norway over the past several years. While Wang and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide seemed to “agree to disagree” on the thorniest issues, like China’s persecution of its […]

China accused of a ‘moral collapse’

Reaction to Chinese authorities’ crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy continues in Norway, with several top politicians now keen on offering asylum to the former British colony’s pro-democracy activists. One former Norwegian government minister is even calling China “the world’s largest dictatorship.” “I also think we need to evaluate whether this is a country with which […]

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 […]