Sino-Norwegian relations have been as icy as a winter Fjord since Norway awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. It seems they aren’t thawing anytime soon, Norway salmon exports to China fell by over 60 percent since 2010, CNBC reports.
Norway’s market share of salmon exports to China has plummeted from 92 percent in 2010 to just 29 percent in the first half of this year. Both the Faroe Islands and the UK have overtaken it in sales despite it enjoying a near monopoly for the previous decade.
However, not everyone pins the decline on the Nobel Prize decision. Norwegian Seafood Councilman, Sigmund Bjørgo, blames it on China’s strict inspections, which reportedly left fish decomposing in warehouses.
Increasing import restrictions coupled with Norwegian companies’ “inexplicable” Chinese visa issues in the aftermath of the Nobel Prize decision are more likely causes.
Despite all the political hoopla, Norwegian salmon remains the preferred pink fish for Chinese consumers. So anyone eating salmon with black bean sauce tonight is likely hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.
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