Singapore’s primary Chinese language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi commented in a joint press conference with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide that China made it clear that it would not like to see the politicization of the Nobel Prize. There have been Norwegian lawmakers as well as U.S. congressmen who nominated Hong Kong Residents as the Nobel Peace Prize candidate. Although the Nobel Prize Committee is independent from the Norwegian government, yet its decisions may still impact the government’s relationship with China. Wang Yi’s recent visit was the first time a Chinese Foreign Minister visited in 15 years. Wang urged the Norwegian government to “cherish” the opportunity to have a “healthy” relationship and promised more “openness” from China.
Source: Lianhe Zaobao, August 29, 2020