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China should get Nobel Peace Prize for poverty relief success: Norway's richest man

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2014, 2:55pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2014, 11:23am
 

China deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for successfully lifting nearly one fifth of the world population out of poverty, Norway’s richest man told a local newspaper, amid the recent controversy triggered by the Norwegian government’s decision to snub the Dalai Lama when he visited the country to commemorate his winning of the prize 25 years ago.

Stein Erik Hagen, chairman of Norwegian conglomerate Orkla ASA, on Wednesday told VG, the country’s second largest print newspaper, that China is “bringing hundreds of millions of people out of poverty”, an achievement “that qualifies for the Nobel Peace Prize”.

“China is constantly evolving and is about to become the world’s economic superpower,” he was quoted by the paper as saying of the country that halted negotiations on the China-Norway Free Trade Agreement (FTA) after the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010.

On the same day, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Dalai Lama, received no greeting from the Norwegian government when he arrived in the country on a three-day visit to mark the 25th anniversary of his Nobel recognition, the paper reported.

In a survey conducted by VG last month, half of the respondents said it was cowardly of the Norwegian government not to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

Hagen and Orkla ASA could not be reached for comment.

Hagen and his family, whose businesses ranging from food to aluminium, have an estimated net worth of US$5.3 billion. He was named the richest in Norway and the 279th in the world in the annual ranking of billionaires by Forbes magazine.

According to the company on Thursday, Orkla ASA is “exploring the possibility” of listing its wholly-owned subsidiary Gränges AB, an aluminium products manufacturer located in both Sweden and China.

Chinese people have received Nobel recognition twice: the Dalai Lama in 1989 and jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo in 2010. The latter award triggered a diplomatic freeze between the two countries that lead to painful economic consequences.

Norway was excluded from China’s 72-hour transit visa scheme, which allows visitors from all European Union member states, Iceland and Switzerland to stay in Beijing for three days without a visa.

In addition, Norway’s share of China’s salmon market, once as high as 92 per cent, plummeted to 29 per cent last year, with mountains of Norwegian salmon left rotting at port, Agence France-Presse reported in January.

Three years into the diplomatic freeze, Norway’s former foreign minister Espen Barth Eide said last March he was “optimistic” bilateral relations could be normalised. While the FTA was still held “under negotiation”, however, China signed two similar deals with Iceland and Switzerland last year.

The Norwegian government took a step further to mend its ties with the world’s second largest economy this year. Two weeks ahead of the Dalai Lama’s recent visit, Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said his government would not meet the prize winner due to “the absolutely extraordinary situation between China and Norway” that lacks “any real political contact” for several years.

Meawhile, China’s foreign ministry, which in December condemned his visit, said during a daily news briefing that China “resolutely opposes any foreign country providing a platform or convenience for the Dalai Lama’s splittist words and acts and opposes him meeting any foreign leader”.

The Nobel Peace Price, first issued in 1901 together with another four awards (for chemistry, physics, medicine and literature), is presented annually by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

The committee of five is appointed by the Storting, Norway’s parliament, but current Storting members are barred from sitting on it.

According to the last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, the prize should go to whoever “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

In 2012, the committee presented the award to the European Union, which it said “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”.

No single country has been named as winner of the peace prize so far.

This year, Yuan Longping, the “father of hybrid rice” who played a key role in the threefold increase of China’s rice output from 4,500 kilograms per hectare in the 1970s to 13,500 kilograms per hectare in 2011, is nominated.

The committee will choose from among a record number of nominations including 231 individuals and 47 organisations and the winner of the prize will be announced on October 10.

 

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53567e31-b104-458b-a6cd-350e0a320969
What madness and nonsense. The Great Leap Forward had nothing to do with Tibet and was a total failure and tragedy for China. And the monasteries was the richest places in Tibet and is still is. The monks really know how to swindle and get rich. Just go to any Tibetans temples and they have a lot of worthless trinkets to sell you at exorbitant prices and if you don't buy they will give you a dirty look.
53567e31-b104-458b-a6cd-350e0a320969
The Nobel Peace Price was awarded to the God King Slave Owner Dalai Lama and Snake Obama, the war monger. The Nobel Peace Price have nothing to do with the promotion of peace or development or with solving poverty. It's a pretty useless insidious political tool to promote neo-colonialism and war
ennoun
The success reported by China in improving the livelihood of millions could not have been made without the tens of thousands of factories and businesses established there by many countries from the "Western" world. If a Nobel prize were ever to be considered for China it would make good sense to have the award granted jointly to "China and the West" since it took the effort of both over the past 30 years to help make this happen. Let's keep things in perspective.
Rambo
Formerly ******
A babbling MF mentally sick with self-hatred using google to translate his cra$p into intelligible Chinese and have the lowest IQ. Should be locked up in a lunatic asylum for his own good.
Camel
First of all, lifting its own people out of poverty is the duty of all government. No need to be thanked by some self-rightous organisation, which granted itself too much importance. Why should China accepts a award or reward from somebody or organisation from outside, which proved that they awarded questionable people just to suits the trend? Why on earth did Obama deserved the Peace Nobel Prize when becoming acting President? What great had he done in his life? Just because he is black and becoming first Afroamerican President?
I Gandhi
According to the World Bank Report, since 1978 China lifted 600 million Chinese including Tibetans out of poverty. And especially in the case of Tibetans China freed 90% of Tibetans from slavery. So definitely China more than anybody else deserves the Nobel Peace Price.
rolftsui
The Chinese Communist Government is only doing what it should do. They don't need to rewarded to do what is expected of any Government. To bring prosperity and happiness to its people.
Smells like an attempt to curry favour with the Chinese for more business, at the same time, sacrifice the sacred value of the Nobel. What an arrogant prick!
xiaoblueleaf
Just as deserving as B. Obama winning the peace prize, China's "economic miracle" was built on the blood and sweat of the majority of the population while a minority of Party faithful achieved rich and fame through corruption and deceit. To date, more than 2/3 of the population remains mired in poverty as more struggle to let ends meet.
psoblecky
... but the reason why so many were so poor is China as well! (Great Leap Forward and other policies)
whymak
matthew:
You're an illiterate moron.

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