China and Norway agree to begin new chapter

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Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with King Harald V of Norway in Beijing on Tuesday, with the two sides agreeing to begin a new chapter in bilateral ties.

Xi said that the both China and Norway should continue to deepen and expand their pragmatic cooperation in various fields and work out a comprehensive trade deal. He then added that China was looking forward to working with Norway under the frameworks of the Belt and Road initiative and the Arctic Council.

He also said that China welcomed Norway’s assistance as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Harald V, in turn, said the visit was an indication that bilateral ties between Norway and China were back on track and showing signs of strong vitality once more.

Norway stands ready to enhance its communication and cooperation with China in the field of winter sports and supports China’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to the king.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (second right) and his wife Peng Liyuan (right) pose for a photo with King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway in Beijing on October 16, 2018. Li Xueren Xinhua

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