Dalai Lama snub a ‘sacrifice’ for better China ties, says Norway

Norway’s government said Friday that its decision not to meet the Dalai Lama during a three-day trip to Oslo was a “necessary sacrifice” to normalise its relations with China.

“After four years, we find ourselves in a situation where there is no political contact with Chinese authorities. This makes a dialog on difficult matters like the climate or human rights impossible,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told public broadcaster NRK.

“It is therefore a necessary sacrifice in order to show China that it’s important for us to have a dialog with them.”

Beijing stopped all high-level contact with Norway after the Nobel Peace Prize was given to Chinese dissident Liu Xiabobo in 2010.

China has warned on multiple occasions about the consequences of meeting the Dalai Lama, who they consider a “separatist.”

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China is getting to be quite the bully.  But the West have become total wimps.

Dialog!  That’s the ticket, we keep hearing.  Well, it doesn’t work with schoolyard bullies and it won’t work with China either.

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