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Sino-Norwegian ties have been rather frosty since some Norwegians hurt the feelings of the Chinese people by awarding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident and activist Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned since 2008 on charges of “inciting subversion of state power”. Recent comments by Foreign Ministry officials would seem to indicate that, even after two years, China isn’t ready to kiss and make up.
[Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu] told reporters it remained up to Norway to repair the rift that has seen trade ties disrupted and political contacts put on hold. Specialty products with a strong national identity — such as fjord-farmed salmon — have been slapped with import restrictions and Norwegian companies doing business in China have had problems with staff visas and other obstacles.
“I hope Norway will value bilateral relations and work for the restoration and development of ties,” Ma told reporters at a briefing.
Anger over Liu’s Nobel led to the creation of the Confucius Peace Prize, the most entertaining international peace award to ever exist.
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