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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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Formerly ******
Europeans are sickly, sycophants who are breeding themselves to extinction and letting the third world overrun and ruin Europe. Fewer people means a lower aggregate IQ, as demonstrated by this silly a**hole's comments. I'm sure he'd be willing to praise Mao for his contribution to this rise out of poverty.
The fact is, throughout its history, China has shown a propensity to excel in just one area - self destruction. Once again, this is beginning to play out, as China moves aggressively against all of its neighbors.
歐洲人病怏怏、 拍馬屁是繁殖自己到滅絕和讓第三次世界溢出並毀了歐洲。較少的人意味著更低的聚合智商,這個傻混蛋的評論可見一斑。我相信他會願意讚美毛澤東對此崛起擺脫貧困作出了貢獻。
事實是,在其整個歷史,中國已經表明 excel 只是一個地區-自我毀滅的傾向。再一次,這開始玩的隨著中國移動積極反對所有它的鄰居。
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.
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.
Camel
30 year ago it was 3/3 of the population. 1/3 is more people than Europe together.
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.
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
matthew.oreilly.96
The socalled great leap forward in China was possible only after the illegal and criminal annexation of Tibet.The land mass and mountainous regions of Tibet was by a long cold hungry mile twice the size China was then.Tibet was the largest independent Country on the plateau. Tibet was also the wealthiest. The value of Tibets natural resources was and still is incalculable. Not to mention its gold and presious stone deposits. These Tibetan resources are what made the socalled great leap forward in China.
Now it must be pointed out to Mr Hagen that the 26 mega rich Chinese military families, are rich because they ripped off the monasteries and other religious institutions. They basically bank rolled themselves on the blood of over one million Tibetan men woman and children. To whom should we give the nobel peace prize Mr Hagen ? Riddle me this Mr Hagen ?!!!
whymak
matthew:
You're an illiterate moron.
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.
matthew.oreilly.96
Mr Cheng. You Should get your hands on a collection of reports by a group of the world law experts. Published in 1993 The book is simply called
TIBET:
The position in International LAW.
Should help clear up some misunderstandings you might be entertaining.

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