Is Beijing punishing Norway for Peace Prize decision?
OSLO (AFP) - Chinese authorities have cancelled a second meeting planned this week in Beijing with Norway's fisheries minister, the Norwegian government said Tuesday, just days after the Nobel Peace Prize went to a Chinese dissident.
The meeting that had been scheduled Wednesday between Lisbeth Berg-Hansen and Chinese food safety authorities, the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, has been cancelled, foreign ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Imerslund told AFP.
"The reason we have been given is that our meeting partners had other engagements," she said.
The cancellation comes a day after Beijing scratched a meeting between the Norwegian fisheries minister and the Chinese vice minister for fisheries scheduled earlier in the day Wednesday.
No reason was given, but in Norway the cancellations are being seen as a reaction to the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to last Friday attribute the Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
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Last Updated (Wednesday, 13 October 2010 07:35)