Official Visits Norway and China

Oddvar Nordli was the first Norwegian Prime Minister to conduct an official visit to China in 1980.

Before 1980 there had been a build up of official visits from different Norwegian ministers. For instance, in 1973 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Dagfinn Vårvik visited China; he was in fact the first Norwegian high-level official to conduct an official visit to China. The visit in 1973 was followed up by a series of visits during the 1970s (Minister of Trade Mr Einar Magnussen in 1975, Minister of Oil Mr Bjartmar Gjerde and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Knut Frydenlund both in 1978).

On the other side of the world, China’s Vice-Premier Geng Biao conducted an official visit to Norway in 1979. That visit was the first high-level visit from China to Norway. Mr Geng Biao had actually served as China’s ambassador to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland during the 1950s. Furthermore during this visit Vice-Premier Mr Geng signed a “China-Norway Agreement on Cultural, Educational & Scientific Cooperation.

The 1980s was a decade with many high level visits from both sides. In 1984 China’s Premier Zhao Ziyang visited Norway, and later the same year Prime Minister Mr Kåre Willoch returned the favour by conducting an official visit to China. This is in fact up till today the only visit made by a Chinese Premier to Norway. In 1985 the Norwegian Crown Prince couple, Crown Prince Harald (now His Majesty the King Harald the V) and Crown Princess Sonja (now Her Majesty the Queen Sonja), visited China. 

These visits were followed by a string of visits by different ministers, parliament members and parliament committees. 1988 was a new high point when Prime Minister Ms Gro Harlem Brundtland, the president of the Storting (Norwegian parliament) Jo Benkow and Minister of Justice Ms Helen Bøsterud all visited China. The First visit made by a Chinese foreign minister to Norway was also conducted this decade. This happened in 1986 and the Chinese foreign minister was Wu Xueqian at the time.

The first high level official to visit China in the 1990s was Minister of Fisheries Oddrun Pettersen in 1991, followed by State Secretary Jan Egeland in 1993. Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji repaid the two high level visits by making a trip to Norway in 1992. Only 2 years went by before the next visit was conducted by a Norwegian official, and yet again it was Ms Gro Harlem Brundtland as Prime Minister. The next and up till now the most recent Prime Minister visit was conducted by Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik in 2002. 2004 was the 50th year anniversary for establishing diplomatic relations between Norway and China, and it was marked by visits from the president of the Storting Mr Jørgen Korsmo to China and from the Chairman of the National Peoples Congress Mr Wu Bangguo to Norway.

Official visits from Norway to China in recent years:
President of the Storting, Jørgen Kosmo, October 2004,
Minister of Trade & Industry, Børge Brende, October 2004
Minister of Culture & Church Affairs, Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, October 2004
Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Torild Widvey, January 2005
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jan Petersen, March-April 2005
Minister of Children & Equality, Laila Dåvøy, April 2005
Minister of Health, Ansgar Gabrielsen, April 2005
Norwegian Minister of Fishery and Coastal Affairs, Svein Ludvigsen, June 2005
Norwegian Minister of Environment, Knut Arild Hareide, June-July 2005
Minister of the Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation, September 2006
Norwegian Minister of Environment, Helen Bjørnøy, September 2006
Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 2006
Chief of Defence Staff, Arne Bård Dalhaug, October 2006
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, mars 2007
Minister of Finance, Kristin Halvorsen, mars 2007
Minister of Trade & Industry,  Dag Terje Andersen, mars 2007
Standing Committee on Local Government and Public Administration, September 2007
Minister of Transport and Communications, Liv Signe Navarsete, October 2007
Parliamentary Ombudsman Arne Fliflet, October-November 2007
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, January 2008 
Minister of the Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation.
Erik Solheim, June-July 2008
TRH King Harald and Queen Sonja, August 2008, Olympic Games in Beijing
HRH Crown Prince Haakon, August 2008, Olympic Games in Beijing
Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Terje Riis Johansen, August 2008, Olympic Games in Beijing
Minister of Culture & Church Affairs, Trond Giske, August 2008, Olympic Games in Beijing
Minister of Research & Higher Education,  Tora Aasland, November 2008
Director of Norwegian Customs and Excise Authorities Bjørn Røse, April 2009
Minister of Health,  Bjarne Håkon Hansen, May 2009
Minister of the Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation, Erik Solheim, November 2009
Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, January 2010
Minister of Finance, Sigbjørn Johnsen, April 2010
Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, May 2010,
Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Terje Riis Johansen, May 2010
HRH Crown Prince Haakon, May 2010, Expo 2010 Shanghai
Chief of Navy Haakon Bruun-Hansen, June 2010
Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Food, Ola Heggem, June-July 2010
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, August 2010
Minster of Research and Higher Education, Tora Aasland, September 2010
Standing Committee on Trade and Industry, September 2010
Standing Committee on Foreign Policy and Defence, September 2010
State Secretary of International Development, Ingrid Fiskaa, September 210
Minister of Labour, Hanne Bjurstrøm, September- October 2010
Minister of Culture, Anniken Huitfeldt, September 2010
Minster of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, October 2010
Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, September 2011
State Secretary of Ministry of Research and Higher Education, Bjørn Haugland, May 2015
State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Tone Skogen, January 2016

Official visits from China to Norway in recent years
Vice-premier, Hui Liangyu , May 2005.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Li Zhaoxing, January 2006
Member of the Standing Commitee of the Politburo, Li Changchun, June 2006
Vice-premier, Zeng Peiyan, September 2006
Minister of Commerce,  Bo Xilai, September 2006
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, He Yafei, 2007
Chief of PLA Staff, General Chen Bingde, September 2008
Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei, March 2009
Minister of Railways, Liu Zhijun, May 2009
Director of the International Department Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Wang Jiarui, June, 2009
Chief of PLA Navy, Admiral Wu Shengli, September 2009
Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Fu Ying, May 2010
Member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo, He Guoqiang, May 2010
Deputy Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral Sun Jianguo, July 2010
Vice Minister of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, Xu Yousheng, September 2010
Vice Minister of Commerce, Jiang Yaoping, September 2010 


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