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Norwegian Foreign Minister ‘regrets’ Chinese Nobel reactions. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has met with China’s Ambassador Tang Guaqiang, to discuss Chinese reactions following last Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize award to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. “It was important for me to emphasize the meeting today that Norway wants to continue the broad cooperation with China in several areas of common interest. I regret, therefore, the reactions we have seen from the Chinese side in the week that has passed,” he says in a press statement. “I also said that it is China that must be responsible for their decisions to frame our relationship and mutual interests as a reaction to the decision from the Nobel Committee to Liu Xiaobo,” Minister Støre continues.Wrongdoing?                              

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Norwegian Foreign Minister ‘regrets’ Chinese Nobel reactions

Published on Friday, 15th October, 2010 at 13:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th October 2010 at 18:48.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has met with China’s Ambassador Tang Guaqiang, to discuss Chinese reactions following last Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize award to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre
Photo: Jan Tjernsli/ambassaden Moskva/Flickr


Regrets and responsibility

“It was important for me to emphasize the meeting today that Norway wants to continue the broad cooperation with China in several areas of common interest. I regret, therefore, the reactions we have seen from the Chinese side in the week that has passed,” he says in a press statement.

“I also said that it is China that must be responsible for their decisions to frame our relationship and mutual interests as a reaction to the decision from the Nobel Committee to Liu Xiaobo,” Minister Støre continues.

Wrongdoing?                              

Li Hongmei, a columnist in the Chinese publication People’s Daily Online, presents her view of the situation.

“Yes, China has long wanted a Nobel prize. But...what Oslo has done is likened to blowing a bugle calling together all those who intend to boo to China to come smashing the law machinery of a sovereign state,” she writes.

Hongmei calls Norway a “Kart-like country”, attacking it and the Nobel Committee for being out-of-touch with events in China.

“How can the Nobel committee based in Oslo, Norway, learn a little about what the Chinese people are really thinking of, and dreaming of? [...] No matter how the Nobel and its supporters are sympathetic to a person like Liu Xiaobo from the prism of personal values, the prestigious committee in the honor of Alfred Nobel should by no means degrade itself openly sending a wrong signal to encourage those who violate the existing law of a sovereign state.”

Release

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Støre urged China to set Xiaobo free from jail.

“I reiterated our request that Liu Xiaobo must be released and urged Chinese authorities to lift restrictions on his wife, Liu Xia,” he says.




Published on Friday, 15th October, 2010 at 13:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th October 2010 at 18:48.

This post has the following tags: liu, xiaobo, nobel, peace, prize, oslo, committee, jonas, gahr, stoere, institute, china, ambassador, tang, guaqiang, liu, xia.





  
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