Category: International relations

Sweden and ASEAN discussion in Stockholm

Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde recently met with six ambassadors to Sweden representing each their ASEAN country. The envoys have organized themselves as Asean Committee in Stockholm (ACS). According to the website Business Mirror, the ACS is chaired by Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden Bagas Hapsoro, and is composed of ambassadors from Indonesia,…

Philippines may cut diplomatic relations to Iceland

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has reported. The reason is that Iceland on Thursday. July 4, filed a draft resolution that will push the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to call for concrete actions against the rising number of killings in…

Countries for and against China’s Xinjiang policies

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland signed on 8 July 2019, along with 17 other nations, a letter addressed to the president of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling on China to end its massive detention program in Xinjiang. The letter expressed concern about “credible reports of…

China’s Artic goals examined by Norwegian Scholars

China’s goals in developing its influence in the Artic region is examined in an article on the website of the Arctic Institute – an independent organization headquartered in Washington, D.C with participation from all the Nordic countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. In later years, Arctic nations such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway have increasingly…

Finland briefs media in Beijing at start of EU Presidency

To mark the commencement of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the Ambassador of Finland to China Jarno Syrjälä and the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to China Nicolas Chapuis held a press conference at the Ambassador’s Residence of the Finnish Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, informing media of the priorities…

Philippines presidential spokesperson says Swedish ambassador should judge Duterte by his actions

Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries has been told by the President Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo, that while his criticism of the President for making a joke about rape of women was understandable, Harald Fries should look at the President’s actions, not his words. “The good Swedish envoy should judge the President, not by…

Swedish court rules out extradition of Qiao Jianjun to China

Sweden’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday 9 July, 2019 that Qiao Jianjun, a fugitive requested by China, will not be extradited. The court based its decision on the risk that he would be subject to the death penalty, torture or degrading treatment that would violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The Supreme Court said…

Aker Group helps China built first home built icebreaker

Finland’s Aker Arctic Technology in Helsinki and the Marine Design and Research Institute in Shanghai jointly designed China’s first domestically built icebreaker, Xuelong 2(Snow Dragon 2). The icebreaker was on 11 July 2019 delivered to the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources’ Polar Research Institute at a commissioning ceremony at Jiangnan Shipyard Group, which built the…

Finland wins race to get China centre

Finland has won the race to get an important China-Europe technology centre. The Chinese and European centre for innovation has been officially launched in a former hospital building in Helsinki. GBTimes has reported that the centre “will be a platform for the transformation and cooperation of Sino-Finnish scientific and technological achievements”. Officially known Chinese-European Center…

Norwegian Embassy supported Malaysia to ratify UN treaty against torture

On July8, representatives from Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur joined “Regional Dialogue on Malaysia’s Accession to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).” The regional dialogue on Malaysia’s Accession to UUCAT was held by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and the European Union…