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Odfjell sells share in Jiangyin terminal in China

Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE has finalized the sale of its indirect 55% equity stake in Odfjell Terminals Jiangyin (OTJ), China,  to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. for a price of approximately USD 46 million. The transaction will result in a capital gain expected to be booked in 3Q, and net proceeds to…

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…

Nordic perishable goods by train to China now possible: Saving up to 80 percent

Russia’s has removed restrictions on transportation of perishable products via train through Russia to third countries, e.g. China, which may bring big savings to the way for instance salmon from Norway will reach China. Norwegian salmon farmers could see their transport costs to Asia cut by 80%, following this change in Russian regulations. Same goes…

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…

Finnair continues to grow its Asian traffic: Busan in Korea as a new destination in summer 2020

Finnair continues to grow its Asian operations and adds Busan in South Korea as a new destination in summer 2020. Finnair will be the first and only airline connecting Busan to Europe with a non-stop flight. In summer season 2020, Finnair will operate from Helsinki to Busan three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and…

Denmark’s BioMar worked with Chinese firm to supply sustainable fish feed

Denmark’s BioMar, fish feed manufacturing company, signed an agreement with Minze Long Yang Xi, China’s largest trout farmer to supply high performance fish feed with almost half the environmental footprint compared to local Chinese feed. According to an announcement on BioMar’s website, the signing ceremony was held at the presence of BioMar’ representatives and a…