‘A lot being done’ to melt China freeze

Norway’s consul general in Guangzhou told an annual Norway-Hong Kong business seminar at the Grand Hotel in Oslo this week that the current diplomatic freeze with China “can’t continue.” Too much potential for trade and political cooperation, it seems, is being lost. “We need to re-establish a relationship with China,” said Tormod C Endresen, who’s […]

Jensen ‘sad’ over Nobel conflict

It seems there’s never a dull moment in the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, Frp), with conflict often breaking out within its own ranks. Tensions reached new levels on Wednesday, and now party leader Siv Jensen claims she’s just “sad” over her predecessor’s angry reaction to her failure to secure him a spot on the Norwegian Nobel […]

Nobel rejection infuriates Hagen

Former Progress Party boss Carl I Hagen is furious with his party colleagues over their rejection of his candidacy for a coveted spot on the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Hagen had long sought a seat on the prestigious committee, which decides who will win the Nobel Peace Prize, and his colleagues’ decision to deny him a […]

Top lawyer to join Nobel Committee

Norway’s Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) is partially following its own advice to revamp the membership of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, by naming Berit Reiss-Andersen to one of its allotted committee positions. In doing so, the party is reaching outside the ranks of its own top political leadership, following debate over the committee’s independence. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) […]

Ministerial chat in China after all

Norway’s currently controversial Oil & Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe became the first top government official in nearly a year to be admitted to China and not be ignored. Moe was even placed next to a Chinese minister at a luncheon, and claimed the two had a “long and good” conversation. Moe traveled to China […]

Chinese drop shipping exhibition

Norwegian and Chinese relations have been extremely strained since the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident. After months of refusing to meet Norwegian government officials, Chinese business leaders now seem to be avoiding a large local shipping exhibition due to be held later this spring. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) […]

Lawmakers drop trip to China

The finance committee of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) has decided to drop a planned trip to China, because it was unlikely any Chinese officials would meet with the group of lawmakers from Oslo. Chinese officials remain angry with Norway over last year’s awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo, and now Nobel […]

Norway ready to boost seafood exports to Japan

Norwegian exporters were preparing for increased sales of seafood to Japan, since much of Japan’s own important seafood industry has been destroyed or possibly contaminated by its recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant damage. “We have received signals that there will be much more demand for fresh salmon, since large portions of Japan’s own […]