Norwegian salmon rots in Chinese warehouses

The Chinese government, one year later, is still simply furious with Norway over awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to NED puppet and criminal Liu Xiaobo. I can’t help but be struck by the maturity and diplomacy with which they are expressing their outrage.

Norway has reported China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in an escalation of a row about fish which has pitted one of Europe’s smallest countries against the biggest nation in the world.

The Chinese imposed additional import controls on Norwegian salmon last year in apparent retribution for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in Oslo to the Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo. The result has been a collapse in sales of salmon to China, and the sight and smell of North Sea fish rotting in Chinese warehouses. The Norwegian Foreign Office said overall trade with China had grown by 46 per cent over the past six months. But sales of fresh salmon, meanwhile, have collapsed 61.8 per cent.

Officials said they would not speculate as to why Beijing had ignored trade rules relating to Norwegian salmon. But it seems clear that the threat from the Chinese embassy in Oslo last year, of “damage” to diplomatic ties should the Nobel Prize be handed to “a criminal” has focused on a narrow, iconic target.

And China wonders why the world sees it as a prickly, pouting child. Unfortunately, due to the country’s economic heft, the world always has to walk around China on eggshells lest the CCP have its feelings hurt.

Via CDT Be sure to click that link and read about Liu’s life one year after his arrest. And then, to top it off, read this.

The Discussion: 57 Comments

Norway didn’t award the Nobel. The Nobel committee did.

“Its five members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament and roughly represent the political makeup of that body.”

Thorbjørn Jagland (chair, born 1950), former Member of Parliament and President of the Storting and former Prime Minister for the Labour Party, current Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Member and chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2009.
Kaci Kullmann Five (deputy chair, born 1951), former member of Parliament and cabinet minister for the Conservative Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2003, deputy chair since 2009.
Sissel Rønbeck (born 1950), deputy director, Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren), former member of parliament and cabinet minister for the Labour Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1994.
Inger-Marie Ytterhorn (born 1941), former member of Parliament for the Progress Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2000.
Ågot Valle (born 1945), former member of parliament for the Socialist Left Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2009.

Oh special Cheungsie, will you ever stop pretending you’re intelligent?

China is fighting for its interests. Norway still has broad access to a large market. China arbitrarily nicking their profits is not going to bankrupt the poor, poor Norwegians.

Now, sanctions against Chinese exporters (or Vietnamese/Burmese/Iranian civilians, choose your era) will certainly harm, as your corporate overlords claim in their papers and magazines, millions of Chinese migrant laborers. Miiiillions!

And yet they are punished for the actions of a small number of (former) government officials.

Sound familiar?

Except when the West does it it’s okay, even if it kills millions of children. I weep for the poverty stricken nation of Norway, but I’m thinking Anders Breivik has hurt them far more than the Big Bad Evil Childish Insecure Angry (miss anything, Richard?) CCP has.

October 14, 2011 @ 2:22 pm | Comment

William Box, are you suggesting that all countries always do what China wants in order not to make waves? In that case this spoiled brat has won. Of course they knew China would react harsly. Sombody needs the gut to tell China they are way off. They did the same to Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia (as well as Martin Luther King fighting abuses in the US). It is worth the lost revenue in salmon – go on!!

October 14, 2011 @ 10:05 pm | Comment

These stupid fenqing and their Bradley Manning logic fails. A Chinese Bradley Manning would be dead already and unheard of, with bloggers who mentioned his name disappeared for good measure. Why comment on shit you know nothing about?

October 15, 2011 @ 4:03 am | Comment

Go ahead and create a prize of your own, cookiemonster. The world is waiting.

October 15, 2011 @ 4:28 am | Comment

@By Watcher

When I understand what you have written, I’ll respond.

October 15, 2011 @ 5:24 am | Comment

To man’sbestfriend:
“So when is Bradley Manning going to win a Nobel? You know, someone who actually deserves the prize?”
—if the Nobel Peace Prize becomes the default prize for whistleblowers and document-leakers, then Manning may well receive consideration. However, merely leaking documents seems like a pretty low bar. At least Assange did some sorting and collating. Maybe he might get some consideration too…if the NPP was for people who sorted/collated/posted on the internet the product of whistleblowers and document-leakers. Ahhh, but someone who took those leaked documents or uncovered information, and actually did something worthwhile with them…that might merit some legitimate consideration. Any names you’d like to offer up? Such an individual might have to share it with Manning and Assange, but at this point, Manning winning it would be nothing more than the subject of one of your evocative dreams.

““Its five members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament and roughly represent the political makeup of that body.””
—you are quite slick with the wiki. I wonder, you being man’sbestfriend and all, what else you can “fetch” for me, eh? Slippers, perhaps…
Anyhow. They are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament. But they are not answerable to the Norwegian Parliament. And their decisions are not Norwegian parliamentary/government decisions. Supreme Court judges are also appointed by the government. But their decisions are independent of political interference (well, unless you’re a Chinese Supreme Court judge, of course). So unless you have some basis to say that the Nobel committee makes decisions based on the will of the Norwegian parliament, you are again quite literally “barking” up the wrong tree.

You know, I’ve never even associated the facade of intelligence with you. Such as it were.

THe CCP no doubt tries to advance its interests. How it does so by acting like a petulant child is beyond me. But whatever floats your boat. Norway won’t go broke with some fish rotting in a warehouse. But China letting fish rot “arbitrarily”, as you say, doesn’t do much for their image either. And considering that “face” is everything for the CCP, one wonders what they hope to gain by acting like children.

October 15, 2011 @ 2:41 pm | Comment

A Chinese Bradley Manning would be dead already and unheard of

Source? Evidence?

Oh, nope. You special kids don’t need those.

October 20, 2011 @ 10:41 am | Comment

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