Category: International relations

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö meets with China’s President Xi Jinping

  Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö met with China’s President Xi Jinping on Saturday for talks on bi-lateral relations, EU developments and international issues, including Chinese concerns about North Korea. During those discussions, President Xi let it be understood that North Korea should tone down its aggressive rhetoric. “He made it very clear that China is…

China snubs Nor-Shipping for third time

Despite some signs that diplomatic relations between Norway and China may soon normalize, Chinese state-owned companies won’t be attending or exhibiting at this year’s large Nor-Shipping conference in Lillestrøm. “Relating to China, the situation is unchanged from the last Nor-Shipping exhibition two years ago,” Vidar Pederstad, Nor-Shipping director, told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) on Thursday. That was…

Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs visited Beijing

The Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Frank Belfrage visited Beijing on March 20-22. During the visit Mr Belfrage met with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Song Tao, for consultations and met with the Deputy Head of the International Department of the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Liu…

Finland’s shifting role in Vietnam: “Cooperation programs” are key

Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kimmo Lahdevirta highlighted the country’s shift from development aid to cooperation, saying, “Finland is making a shift from traditional development programs to cooperation programs which suit Vietnam’s actual condition at this time. The Innovation Promotion Program (IPP) is an important and key element in this orientation.” Small and medium-sized businesses play an important role in…

Seminar pushes Finland-Vietnam trade links

Investment opportunities and tools to boost trade links between Vietnam and Finland were discussed at a seminar in Hanoi on March 25 to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Vice President of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Doan Duy Khuong said that two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and…

SIPRI visits Singapore

A delegation from SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), led by Chairman of the Board Göran Lennmarker, recently visited Singapore. SIPRI and the think tank RSIS (Rajaratnam School of International Studies) conducted a seminar aimed at continued cooperation regarding security policy issues.  Ambassador Ingemar Dolfe also hosted a dinner for the SIPRI delegation and selected…

Royal Danish Embassy signs important Memorandum of Understanding

The Royal Danish Embassy in China and Nanjing Municipality signed a government Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to support a Sino-Danish Eco-Park in Nanjing. On March 20 the Royal Danish Embassy in China and Nanjing Municipality signed a government Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to support the establishment of a Sino-Danish Eco-Park in…