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Norwegian Children Join Islamic State in Syria: Reports
[Norwaynews] [25.09.2014, 04:02pm, Thu. GMT]
Some Norwegian children have traveled to Syria to assist the Islamic State (IS) in their fight as the airstrikes against the militant group continue to rise in number, Norway’s The Local reported Wednesday. “The trends one finds in Germany also exist in Norway. [PST] have examples of young children having travelled or who have tried travelling to Syria. One cannot exclude that there are some down there we do not know about,” Martin Bernsen, communication consultant for PST (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste - The Norwegian Police Security Service), was quoted by The Local as saying.
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Liu Xiaobo exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center
[Norwaynews] [02.06.2014, 11:24am, Mon. GMT]
Wednesday, 4 June is the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. This week the Nobel Peace Center opens an exhibition on the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his long-standing, non-violent advocacy of human rights in China. The exhibition, entitled 2010 Liu Xiaobo, tells the story of the only Nobel Peace Prize laureate currently being held in detention. The exhibition features texts in Chinese, English and Norwegian.
Chinese tycoon buys 100 hectares from Norway
[Norwaynews] [20.05.2014, 09:58am, Tue. GMT]
A Chinese business tycoon is extremely close to buying 100 hectares of Norway's Lyngen coastline following a failed attempt to purchase a vast amount of land in Iceland. Zhongkun Group property developer founder Huang Nubo, who is looking to invest $111 million in Norway in the next five to ten years, also hopes to purchase a tract of privately owned Arctic Svalbard Islands, which was recently put up for sale by Norwegian landlord Henning Horn. On Thursday it was said that the former Communist party member agreed to buy the site, Ola OK Giaever Jr, a local landowner, pilot and businessman confirmed.
Soul or Salmon? Norway’s Chinese Dilemma
[Norwaynews] [09.05.2014, 01:15pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway is not a country known for political controversy. Aside from the occasional wrist-slap from international conservationists for its continued whaling, Norway is mostly recognized for its plentiful oil, bad weather and for being a generous donor of international aid. A minor (if visible) exception is when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the Peace Prize to some unsavory, unlikely or premature peacemaker (unpopular candidates include Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat and the EU).
Norway's richest man says China deserves the Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2014, 07:07pm, Thu. GMT]
After the Norwegian government snubbed the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo to avoid upsetting China, Norway's richest man, Stein Erik Hagen, jumped in on the controversy wagon when he called for China to get the Nobel Peace Prize. Hagen, who made his 5.3 billion USD fortune through his enterprises Rimi, Orkla and Mernia, told Norway's VG newspaper that China's success in lifting hundred of millions of people out of poverty made the country a worthy candidate.
Dalai Lama visits Oslo
[Norwaynews] [07.05.2014, 08:59am, Wed. GMT]
Tibet's religious leader Dalai Lama is arriving in Oslo on a private visit on Wednesday May 7th, 25 years after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital. Dalai Lama comes at the invitation of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the Norwegian Tibet Committee and the Karma Tashi Ling Buddhist Society. He will deliver several public lectures while in Oslo.
Norway govt turns back on Dalai Lama
[Norwaynews] [28.04.2014, 06:41am, Mon. GMT]
Norway says its government will not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China. "The government decided that no representatives from the Norwegian authorities would meet the Dalai Lama when he is visiting Norway," Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told Norwegian newswire NTB on Friday. When asked for the reason of the decision, he said it was due to "the absolutely extraordinary situation between China and Norway" which have not had "any real political contact" for several years.
Norway unveils visa application center in Shanghai
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2014, 04:54pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway opened a visa application center in Shanghai Tuesday in the Guangdong Development Bank Tower. Oyvind Stokke, Norwegian Consul General in Shanghai, greeted the first applicants, a family of three, with flowers. Chinese tourists, including those joining ADS (approved destination status) group tours, can apply for visas at the new center, which is open from 8am to 4 pm, instead of going to the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai, said Oyvind Lorenzen, a consular official.
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.
Norway exporters on hunt for cod opportunities in China
[Norwaynews] [25.05.2014, 02:57pm, Sun. GMT]
The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) has embarked on what it says is the largest market research to date on cod in Asia, in a bid to find opportunities in the Chinese market for Norwegian exporters. NSC’s China office started the market analysis this week, the office’s director Sigmund Bjorgo told Undercurrent News. Norway’s exports of cod to China nearly doubled last year, largely as a result of the record high 1 million metric ton total allowable catch (TAC) in the Barents Sea. The TAC this year was set at slightly lower, at 993,000t.
The Dalai Lama as a ‘Necessary Sacrifice’
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2014, 05:33am, Mon. GMT]
Vladimir Putin’s Russia isn’t the only country European leaders are kowtowing to. Human-rights leaders are aghast that Norway’s government caved in to pressure from China and snubbed the Dalai Lama last Friday, the final day of his three-day visit to Oslo at the invitation of the Nobel Committee to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his peace prize. Norway’s foreign minister and the president of the parliament have each served as the head of the parliamentary committee for human rights in Tibet. But that was then, and this is now China’s time to flex its geopolitical muscles.
Norway shuns Dalai Lama
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2014, 07:08pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway's decision to ignore the Dalai Lama's visit to Oslo this week to avoid upsetting China has drawn criticism in a country that considers itself a beacon of human rights in the world. Unlike on his previous visits to Norway, no government officials will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate during his three-day stay that started on Wednesday.
Dalai Lama in Norway
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2014, 06:27am, Thu. GMT]
The Dalai Lama arrived Wednesday in Norway for a three-day visit marking the 25th anniversary of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, an award he described as a "blessing". The exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, who has visited Norway several times since the 1989 award, will however not meet with members of the Norwegian government. Oslo has said a meeting with the Dalai Lama could harm efforts to improve relations with China.
Dalai Lama snub by Norway sends "chilling signals" to Tibetans: Dalai Lama representative
[Norwaynews] [06.05.2014, 09:57am, Tue. GMT]
The Representative of the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Northern Europe has said that Norwegian government’s refusal to meet the Tibetan leader will send a “chilling signal” to Tibetans in Tibet where 131 Tibetans have immolated themselves since 2009. "What I think the Norwegian government should consider is that by not meeting the Dalai Lama, they are sending a chilling signal to Tibetans in Tibet, and that is exactly what the Chinese want," Thubten Samdup told Norway's NRK network.
China warned Norway
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2014, 07:57am, Fri. GMT]
According to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp (NRK), China has warned Norwegian authorities against an official reception of Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama when he arrives in Oslo in May. Dalai Lama is arriving in Oslo on a private visit on May 7th, 25 years after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital. Representative Qin Gang from the Chinese Department of Foreign Affairs said in Beijing on Wednesday that China is opposed to any coutry giving Dali Lama a platform for furthering his points of view.
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.
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.
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