This week more than 20 Norwegian companies should have participated in what would have been the first large Norwegian-Chinese business summit since Liu Xiaobo received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
The conference was planned by the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) and its Chinese sister organization China Enterprise Confederation (CLC). But the CLC cancelled the event a week in advance.
Director of business politics in NHO Petter Haas Brubakk tells Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) that the reason for the sudden cancellation was due to the political tensions between Norway and China.
“We have worked on this event for a while, and we understood that the reason for the cancellation had to do with politics or the political situation,” he said.