Tromso, Norway. Image credit: Moyan Brenn.
Demonstrating a grasp of international diplomacy akin to a petulant sixteen-year-old inviting everyone in class to their party except that bitch Sharon, China has announced that it will grant visa-free travel to Beijing for all European nations, apart from Norway.
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.
Visitors from all 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland and Switzerland, will enjoy the new visa-free treatment, as will those from the US, Russia, Japan, Australia and most major Latin American countries.
Norway “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people” in 2011 when Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which selects the recipients of the prize, is nominated by the Norwegian Parliament, but is independent of the government and free of any administrative oversight. Certain Chinese politicians are understandably confused by the idea of something not ultimately being controlled by the government.
Beijing immigration officials would not respond to questions about why exactly Norway was left off the list, but did say that some countries were ineligible because their government or citizens were “low quality” or “badly behaved”.
Chinese authorities have previously said that Norway must “recognise its mistakes and take steps to correct them”, before the two countries can have any chance at rapprochement.
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