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Norwegians turn backs on government following Dalai Lama boycott. Norwegians react to the Centre-Right coalition’s decision not to meet the Tibetan spiritual lead amongst Chinese warnings and approval. The Dalai Lama will be staying at traditional Nobel hotel The Grand on main shopping street Karl Johan, NRK has written. This has not been officially confirmed by senior management. Western Norway publication Bergensavisen reported all 900 tickets to a lecture by the spiritual leader in Oslo are sold out.

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Norwegians turn backs on government following Dalai Lama boycott

Published on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014 at 18:06 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th May 2014 at 19:29.

Norwegians react to the Centre-Right coalition’s decision not to meet the Tibetan spiritual lead amongst Chinese warnings and approval.

Lion sculpture outside parliament
This statue's 'cousin', the Snow Lion, is Tibet's national emblem.Lion sculpture outside parliament
Photo: John Erling Blad/Wikimedia Commons


The Dalai Lama will be staying at traditional Nobel hotel The Grand on main shopping street Karl Johan, NRK has written. This has not been officially confirmed by senior management.

Western Norway publication Bergensavisen reported all 900 tickets to a lecture by the spiritual leader in Oslo are sold out.

Norwegian Peace Council press spokesperson Hedda Langemyr tells The Foreigner, “we’re going to stand outside the hotel where he’s staying to bid him welcome to the city as he arrives.”

The event is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30am.

“It’s a counteraction against the government not meeting him,” Ms Langemyr continues.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Norway next week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize, among other things. The 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Prize in 1989.

China has expressed opposing views and warned Norwegian authorities under four years on from the Scandinavin country awarding Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying declared in a daily news briefing that “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 Minister Børge Brende said that the government of Norway has “not decided” whether representatives will meet with the Dalai Lama during his visit to the country as a meeting could cause tensions with China.

“We need to focus on our relationship with China and should remember that it could become difficult to normalize our relationship with China, should the Norwegian government meet the Dalai Lama” Foreign Minister Børge Brende said to reporters following last week’s parliamentary debate on the issue.

Latest reports are that both the Foreign Minister and incumbent Conservative (H) Prime Minister Erna Solberg have declined invitations to meet him. China has expressed approval.

Norwegian parliament president Olemic Thommessen has also stated that he will avoid meeting with the 78-year-old religious leader.

“What I want to achieve is to contribute to improving the relationship with China,” he announced in a televised interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

At the same time, Norway is not alone in receiving warnings from China. Chinese publication The Global Times reported the country has encouraged the US to cancel the meeting between US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a press release "We urge the United States to take China's concerns seriously and not to facilitate or offer occasion for the Dalai Lama to conduct anti-China secessionist moves."

Obama met with the Tibetan spiritual leader in the US this February, spending an hour in the White House’s Map Room.

“When it comes to the relationship the United States has with China, the President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of a positive and constructive US-China relationship and of course we are committed to a constructive relationship with China in which we work together to solve regional and global problems,” a White House spokesperson stated.

In 2010, German researchers found that countries whose authorities had met with Dalai Lama had their exports to China decrease by an average 12.5% over the next two years, dubbed “the Dalai Lama effect”

James Reilly, professor of Northeast Asian politics (University of Sydney) who has studied China has that “They have such a small, focused kind of interest, with the Dalai Lama visits in particular.”




Published on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014 at 18:06 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th May 2014 at 19:29.

This post has the following tags: dalailama, china, norway, oslo.





  
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