Norway says meeting in China cancelled after award

China had warned that Nobel Peace Prize award to a dissident would harm ties.

Beijing: The Norwegian embassy says a fisheries meeting in China has been cancelled, amid threats from Beijing that the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed dissident would hurt relations.
Spokeswoman Tone Aarvik said on Monday the cancelled meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday between the Norwegian Fishery Minister Lisbeth Berg-Hansen and a Chinese vice minister of agriculture. She would not say who cancelled it, or why and referred all other questions to Norway`s Foreign Ministry in Oslo.
Beijing reacted angrily to Friday`s announcement honouring Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned democracy campaigner. China warned Norway`s government that relations would suffer, even though the Nobel committee is an independent organisation.

Bureau Report

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