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Chinese & Finnish Presidents Discuss Korea

Tension on the Korean peninsula was among the topics discussed by the Finnish and Chinese presidents in Beijing on Saturday. The Finnish head of state, Tarja Halonen, met with her counterpart Hu Jintao near the end of her week-long visit to China. The two discussed bilateral ties between the countries and ways to expand cooperation…

Crown Prince Haakon Opened the Celebrations of Norway’s National Pavilion Day

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway today opened the celebrations for Norway’s National Pavilion Day at the Expo Center, featuring music by the Trondheim soloists. Haakon said the Pavilion Day of Norway is an opportunity to promote and strengthen the fruitful relations between China and Norway. “Norway and China have much to learn from each other…

Danes Turns Buck on the Back of Japan PM’s Fashion

When pictures of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s multi-colored button down shirt started spreading on the Internet, people around the world cringed. But not Peter Crawfurd and Michael Yang with own company in China. They saw brilliance. “Extraordinary,” said Danish Yang, of PM Hatoyama’s purple, red, yellow, blue and green shirt. “That’s exactly what we see…

Danish Novozymes Signs MOU for Production of Cellulosic Biofuel in China

Today, Danish Novozymes, and the two Chinese partners COFCO and Sinopec, signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the next steps towards commercialization of cellulosic biofuel in China. As part of the agreement, COFCO and Sinopec will build a cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant for which Novozymes will supply with enzymes. The new plant comes online in…

Finland celebrates Its EXPO 2010 Pavilion Day

Finnish President Tarja Halonen announced the opening of the Finland Pavilion Day this morning at the Expo Center. Halonen said this year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and China, and China is now Finland’s leading trade partner in Asia and fourth-largest partner worldwide. She noted “there is still a lot of…

Chinese Lunar Calendar Doesn’t Work in Sweden

If you’re among the parents-to-be who’ve used one of the increasingly popular online Chinese calendar charts to predict your baby’s sex, a University of Michigan epidemiologist recommends that you hold off on painting the nursery pink or blue.   Sven Cnattingius and Tobias Svensson of the Karolinska Institute and Hospital in Stockholm, and Dr. Eduardo Villamor…