Latest Scandinavian China & Hong Kong News

New Danish ambassadors to China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

All vacant ambassador posts in Asia have now been filled, announced the Danish Foreign Ministry in a mail to ScandAsia 28 February 2020. Five Danish Embassies have now new head of mission, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The new Danish ambassador in China is Thomas Østrup Møller, replacing Carsten Damsgaard. The new ambassador is…

The Museum of H.C Andersen in Denmark impacted by lack of Chinese tourists

The Chinese travel ban due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has led to a drastic decrease in Chinese tourists in Denmark. And especially one tourist attraction is suffering, reports the Danish daily JydskeVestkysten. Around 270 Chinese tourists visited the Museum of H.C Andersen in the city of Odense in week 7 of 2019.…

Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark confirm positive cases of coronavirus

Norway, Sweden and Finland all announced cases of people testing positive to the novel coronavirus in their respective countries the 26 February 2020, according to The Local Sweden, Yle from Finland and the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. The Danish health authorities reported the first positive case of coronavirus 27 February 2020. In Sweden a man from…

Swedish-Chinese writer and publisher Gui Minhai sentenced to 10 years in prison

The Swedish Citizen of Chinese descent Gui Minhai was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 24 February 2020, reports Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in a statement on its website, reports Reuters. Gui Minhai was condemned to prison on the charges of having illegally provided information to foreign Intelligence Services. In 2012 the Chinese-Swedish writer…

Finland is still willing to cooperate with China despite U.S warning

Despite warnings from the United States’ Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during the recent Security Policy Forum in Germany saying that friends and allies of the United States should refrain from partnerships and cooperation with China, the President of Finland has no intentions of stopping cooperation with China. “Finland has no concrete reason, or need,…

EU to train non-EU countries how to introduce “novel foods” in EU

The European commission has developed a comprehensive set of laws that govern the authorization of Novel Foods. Novel Foods are defined as those which have not been consumed to any significant extent within Europe prior to May 15th 1997, the date of the first Novel Food legislation (Regulation (EC) No 258/97).   The European Commission’s Directorate…

Ambassador of China in Norway calls report by the Norwegian Foreign Intelligence Service ‘flawed’ and ‘false’

The ‘Fokus 2020’ report from the Norwegian Foreign Intelligence Service lays a heavy focus on China and Chinese relations involving Norway as a potential threat to Norway – especially in the field of digital infrastructure and the Chinese interest in the Arctic, reports the newssite High North News. China is internationally known for their major…

Swedish regions and counties discontinue several partnerships with China

The Swedish region of Dalarna along with the counties of Linköping, Västerås, Åmåls and Borlänge has discontinued their cultural- and political partnerships with Chinese counties and regions as of 19 February 2020, reports the Swedish daily Dagens Samhälle. The decision is based on the criticism and threats the Chinese ambassador in Sweden has pointed at…

SAS and Finnair postpone departures to China once again

Originally the Scandinavian flight company only halted their flights to China until 29 February 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus. “A new evaluation of the situation regarding the coronavirus has been conducted, and SAS has decided to halt all departures to and from Shanghai and Beijing until 29 March 2020,” states the Scandinavian…