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Long-Lost Silent Film Returned to China
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2014, 06:24am, Thu. GMT]
“The Cave of the Silken Web” was made in 1927 and was the first film adaptation of classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West," which has served as the source material for some of China's biggest blockbusters. Norway returned a long-lost silent Chinese film to Beijing on Tuesday. The nitrocellulose copy of The Cave of the Silken Web, produced in 1927, was discovered in Norway's national library in 2011 and is believed to be the only print in existence.
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Norway supports China’s participation in Trade in Services Agreement talks
[Norway] [03.04.2014, 07:12pm, Thu. GMT]
“I am pleased that China has today confirmed that it would like to participate in the negotiations on an international Trade in Services Agreement,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Norway, along with 49 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), is taking part in negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which is intended to improve and expand international trade in services. “China is a key actor and a major market for trade in services. Norway supports China’s participation in the talks. This is important if we are to achieve the aim of including as many WTO members as possible in the agreement,” said Mr Brende.
China slams Dalai Lama's planned Norway visit
[Reuters] [21.12.2013, 12:39am, Sat. GMT]
China on Friday condemned plans by the Dalai Lama to visit Norway, a country with which it has had strained ties since the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. "China resolutely opposes any country receiving the Dalai Lama. China resolutely opposes any form of official meetings with the Dalai Lama by government officials of other countries," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.
China Offshore Inert Gas Orders for Norway's WTS
[Norwaynews] [03.12.2013, 11:06am, Tue. GMT]
Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) say they have secured multiple orders to supply Maritime Protection Inert Gas Generator (IGG) systems for installation on vessels under construction for operations offshore China. The Maritime Protection systems will be installed on three FPSOs for oil major China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Two identical systems, comprising a deck house module with electric power, fuel and sea water supply/discharge, will be supplied for two FPSOs which will operate in the Bohai oil field in northern China. Both systems are designed for dual fuel operation and include a gas cabinet for natural gas delivery as part of the scope of supply.
Norges Bank Can Buy $500 Mln More of Mainland China Securities
[Norwaynews] [30.09.2013, 08:05pm, Mon. GMT]
Norges Bank, Norway's central bank, can buy an additional $500 million worth of yuan-denominated securities trading in the nation's capital markets, China's foreign-exchange regulator said on Sunday. It makes Norges Bank one of the largest holders of quota for these investments. China intends to channel more funds from long-term foreign investors, including sovereign-wealth funds and central banks, to the national's capital markets. The additional quota was granted under the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program, or QFII, on Sept. 26, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said on Sunday. It brings Norges Bank's total quota to $1.5 billion. It is the second QFII to be able to hold more than $1 billion in quota after the Hong Kong Monetary Authority became the first in August.
Norway eyes larger stake in Chinese stocks
[Norwaynews] [14.08.2013, 04:35pm, Wed. GMT]
The Government Pension Fund Global, one of the two sovereign wealth funds owned by the government of Norway, is reportedly preparing to allocate more capital toward stock markets on the Chinese mainland. In an article published earlier this week by Bloomberg, Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive officer of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the investment unit of Norway's central bank which manages the fund on behalf of the country's finance ministry, was cited as saying that he and his team are confident in China's long-term growth prospects despite worsening perceptions of the country's equity markets. Norway's sovereign wealth fund is currently the largest in the world, with $760 billion in assets under management.
Norway Oil Fund Expects To Boost China Stock Holdings
[Norwaynews] [09.03.2013, 04:09pm, Sat. GMT]
Norway's $712 billion oil fund expects to significantly increase its Chinese equity holdings this year, Chief Executive Yngve Slyngstad said on Friday, while confirming the fund has applied to increase its $1 billion quota of Chinese A-shares. "We have a quota of Chinese shares listed in Shanghai or Shenzhen of $1 billion, which has so far been their upper limit," said Mr. Slyngstad in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires. "Now they [the Chinese authorities] have changed this, and removed the upper limit for state-owned funds such as ours.
Chinese press visited Norway
[Norwaynews] [14.12.2012, 06:08pm, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian Embassy and Consulates in China helped organize a 6-day press tour to Norway, aiming at enhancing Chinese top reporters' understanding of Norway's econony, welfare model and international cooperation. During the first week of December2012, a press delegation including editors and senior reporters from leading Chinese newspapers and magazines visited Norway. The delegates work within the field of Business and Economy, and the focus of the press visit was the Norwegian economy, the Norwegian welfare model, and business cooperation between China and Norway.
134 Nobel Laureates Urge Incoming Chinese President to Release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo
[Norwaynews] [04.12.2012, 08:32pm, Tue. GMT]
Today, 134 Nobel Laureates across all six Nobel disciplines wrote to incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging him to immediately and unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.  Liu Xia has been under house arrest since shortly after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced her husband’s selection as the Peace Prize Laureate for 2010.  The letter was released by the International Committee for Liu Xiaobo, which is comprised of six Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and 15 non-governmental organizations.[1] The Nobel Laureates wrote:
Norwegian architecture gain popularity in China
[Norwaynews] [25.11.2012, 05:41pm, Sun. GMT]
China's leading architecture firms and real estate developers have visited Oslo to look at some of the best examples of Norwegian architecture, and meet with the projects' architects. "The Norwegian consulate in Guangzhou initiated the visit, based on a request from Chinese architects and real estate developers. They wanted to see Norwegian architecture, and discuss the possibility of exporting both skills and resources to China with Norwegian architects," says Egil Skavang, CEO of Arkitektbedriftene, the trade organization for architects, landscape architects and interior designers in Norway.
China indicates Nobel feud with Norway still on
[Norwaynews] [31.10.2012, 08:02am, Wed. GMT]
China signaled no end Wednesday to a two-year-old frost in ties with Norway prompted by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo. Comments from Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu were the government’s first on the tensions since Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel for literature in October. That victory, the first literature win by a Chinese citizen, was widely cheered by the Chinese government, in stark contrast to the condemnation with which it greeted Liu’s award.
Police find Chinese student lost in Norway
[Norwaynews] [28.12.2013, 11:55pm, Sat. GMT]
A YOUNG Chinese man who got lost in the mountains on the way up to Preikestolen in  Norway on Friday has been found and saved in a prompt search operation. A search team heard cries at 9:30pm local time and located the 21-year-old man 20 minutes later, the Norwegian-language newspaper Aftenposten reported on its website.
US urges China to free Nobel laureate
[Norwaynews] [10.12.2013, 01:31pm, Tue. GMT]
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged China to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo as the writer and activist marked five years in detention. On the eve of the latest Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway, Kerry also urged China to release Liu’s wife Liu Xia from house arrest and voiced concern over Beijing’s clampdown on other activists including anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong.
NOK 400 million Chinese lawsuit against Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.10.2013, 10:20am, Thu. GMT]
A Chinese state owned company engaged in service activities in the oil industry institutes legal proceedings against Norwegian Statoil with a claim for over NOK 400 million. “I can confirm that we have received the writ. The case is now before the courts. We will issue a response to the writ within 2 December this year,” Statoil information manager Jannik Lindbæk Jr. told NTB. Website Sino Ship News reports it is company COSL (China Oilfield Services Ltd.) It is a majority owned subsidiary of Chinese state owned company CNOOC Group, subsidiary COSL Offshore Management that has initiated claims at Stavanger District Court.
New China head for DNB Bank
[Norwaynews] [02.09.2013, 04:28pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway’s DNB Bank has appointed Vidar Andersen its new Head of Asia, based in Singapore, effective from today. Mats Wermelin has been appointed the bank’s new Head of China based in Shanghai, a post which was previously held by Andersen. Andersen assumes control of the bank's operations across Asia after eight years in Shanghai. He was first Vice President of Energy, Trade & Industry then, since 2011, Senior Vice President and Head of China. During his time in China, he achieved a fourfold increase in national profitability for the bank.
China-Norway free trade talks nearing agreement
[Norwaynews] [28.05.2013, 09:09am, Tue. GMT]
China and Norway are close to the "final stage" of negotiations for a free-trade agreement, after talks were suspended for about two years following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo . Assistant Commerce Minister Yu Jianhua said in Beijing yesterday that the two nations were negotiating on the trade deal, but did not give a time frame for its completion.
Norwegian Authorities Say China Is Behind at Least 20 Serious Cyberattacks
[Norwaynews] [05.03.2013, 04:04pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian National Security Authority deputy Eiliv Ofigsbø has revealed that several high-profile organizations have been targeted in sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns traced back to China. At least 20 sophisticated cyberattaacks appear to have been launched from China. Eiliv Ofigsbø says organizations from industries such as high-tech, defense, and oil and gas have been targeted, The Nordic Page reports.
China snubs Norway in visa reforms
[Norwaynews] [06.12.2012, 01:48pm, Thu. GMT]
China is offering visa-free visits to Beijing for visitors from every European country except Norway, in what appears to be the latest in a string of punishments for the Nordic country since it gave a jailed Chinese dissident the Nobel peace prize in 2010. On Wednesday, the Beijing city government unveiled a list of 45 countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter the city while in transit for 72 hours without a visa, starting from January 1.
Norwegian website blocked in advance of Tibet meeting featuring ICT
[Norwaynews] [30.11.2012, 10:23am, Fri. GMT]
The website of a Norwegian organisation dedicated to freedom of expression has been blocked in China in advance of a Tibet program on Thursday (November 29) featuring a speaker from ICT. This latest incident of censorship occurs two weeks ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, this year to be awarded to the European Union after Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo in 2010.
Norway, China in first contacts since Nobel row
[Norwaynews] [05.11.2012, 03:04pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway and China met Monday on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit, marking their first official contact since Beijing objected to a Chinese dissident being named the 2010 Nobel peace laureate, Norwegian media reported. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao held a brief meeting while attending the summit in Laos. There were no immediate comments on the encounter. Relations cooled between the two countries after the pro-democracy dissident Liu Xiaobo, who Beijing considers a "criminal", was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
China's travel ban against Norway violates WTO principles
[Norwaynews] [16.06.2012, 06:23pm, Sat. GMT]
Equal treatment of all parties is the prevailing principle of the WTO Agreement. Prohibiting sales and marketing of tourist travel to Norway may be in violation of this principle.

Chinese authorities have banned their country's tour operators from marketing and selling tourist travel to Norway.

 A Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Arne Melchior, told VG media that if China prohibits their travel agents from arranging travel to Norway, that is a break from the principles of the WTO Agreement.

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