Chinese ambassador says Norwegian public statements were vital

Oslo. China's Embassy in Oslo on VindernChina's Embassy in Oslo on Vindern.Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Scanpix

China’s ambassador to Norway, Wang Min, said Norwegian authorities’ important and explicit statements ‘were necessary for the normalization of relations between the two countries’.

In an email to news channel NTB, the ambassador wrote, ‘in the wake of the Nobel Prize in 2010, relations between China and Norway received serious setbacks, and they’ve been in trouble for a long time.

Through numerous, painstaking calls for almost six years, the Norwegian authorities have been fully aware of China’s position and concerns; they’ve made important, explicit statements on topics relating to China’s core interests and major concerns.

This has laid a necessary foundation for the two sides to rebuild confidence, and facilitate normalization of the bilateral relationship’, wrote Wang Min.

On December 19, Børge Brende, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, visited China. He met the Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, said Wang Min.

‘The two sides conducted in-depth discussions about the revival and development of the Norwegian-Chinese relationship.

The Chinese government, together with Norwegian authorities, wishes to promote a sustained, healthy and stable development of our bilateral relations’, the ambassador wrote.


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