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Norwegian Journalist Writes Book on Indian Women's Plights
[Norwaynews] [19.10.2014, 05:01pm, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian journalist has authored a book which tells stories of the plight of women who are victims of trafficking and forced into sex trade in India. Prem Nagar: Town of Love by Anne Ch. Ostby is a searing indictment of a practice that turns humans into chattels. Tamanna is sold to the Nats, a community whose women are forced into prostitution for a living. Sucked into the flesh trade, Tamanna eventually manages to make her escape, but has to leave her little daughter Rupa behind.
 
China and Norway
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'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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
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.
 
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