Category: International relations

Risky Burma Dreams

Veteran Foreign Correspondent Bertil Lintner warns foreign businessmen of bitter lessons to be learned in Burma. By Gregers Moller Bertil Lintner, award-winning Swedish Foreign Correspondent based in Thailand, is highly critical of the majority of corporations moving in to do business in Burma since the country has opened up and international sanctions against the regime…

Swedish CENTEC Vietnam closes down by end of 2013

Swedish CENTEC Vietnam, the centre for environmental technology cooperation between Vietnam and Sweden, will close down at the end of 2013. The organisation was tasked with identifying and supporting partnerships between Vietnam and Sweden to strengthen a more sustainable development in the fields of environment, energy and climate change. Swedish CENTEC Vietnam was established in…

Sweden seeks closer defence cooperation with Thailand

State Secretary of Swedish Ministry for Defence State Secretary Carl von der Esch visited Thailand recently to discuss issues of common interest related to the defence cooperation. During the visit the State Secretary met with the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Admiral Amorntep Na Bangchang, Chief of Airforce ACM Prajin Juntong and Chief of Navy…

Norway seeks closer bi- and multi-lateral ties with Vietnam

Senior Norwegian officials have made clear their intention to facilitate trade and investment between Vietnam and European nations, in addition to pursuing bilateral partnerships in line with environmental protection as part of their response to climate change. This was expressed as Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Uong Chu Luu held talks with First…

China-Nordic Arctic Research Center set up in Shanghai

The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center was set up on 10 December 2013 in Shanghai. Ten research institutions from China, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden signed an agreement to boost mutual cooperation in Arctic research, according to the center. The center is an expansion of a previous cooperation mechanism between China and Iceland. The center…

Swedish king lauds Sino-Swedish ties

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf said he valued Sino-Sweden relations highly, and would keep supporting bilateral cooperation when he accepted on Thursday credentials from the new Chinese Ambassador to Sweden. King Carl XVI Gustaf said he had visited China several times since the 1980s, when he was impressed by the “very industrious and creative” Chinese.…

Sweden, Indonesia to develop renewable energy solutions

The Indonesian-Swedish Initiative for Sustainable Energy Solutions (INSISTS) will be working to assist the Indonesian government in developing its renewable energy policy, including reducing the damage to tropical forests caused by excessive development of oil palm plantations. “Indonesia and Sweden are two countries that have high ambitions to reduce carbon emissions and, therefore, it is…

Norway’s global anti-infectious disease funding reaches US$279 million

The Norwegian government contributes almost USD 279 million to international organization Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The three-year NOK 1.7 billion allocation to the international organization between 2014 and 2016 is an increase of over 25% on 2011-13. “A growing number of people are receiving treatment for these diseases, fewer people are…