Nor­way: Am­bas­sador bids farewell to his post in China and moves on

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - EMBASSY -

The farewell re­cep­tion for the Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador to China Geir O. Ped­er­sen took place at the am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence on Tues­day. Diplo­mats, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, en­trepreneurs, me­dia and friends were in­vited to the event.

The Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador to China will be leav­ing his post in China to take on the new role as the UN’s Spe­cial En­voy for Syria. He was a diplo­mat at the Nor­we­gian Em­bassy in Bei­jing in the 1980s, dur­ing which he had the op­por­tu­nity to meet with Deng Xiaop­ing on the oc­ca­sion of the Nor­we­gian pres­i­den­tial visit to China.

Within the time of be­ing the Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador to China from late 2017 to 2018, he has wit­nessed the hon­ey­moon pe­riod of the Sino-Nor­we­gian re­la­tions and wel­comed the grand del­e­ga­tion from Nor­way led by the Nor­we­gian King Har­ald V in Oc­to­ber. With so­phis­ti­cated di­plo­matic ex­pe­ri­ences in China, he has a mixed feel­ing about China. “We love China very much and we ad­mire the Chi­nese peo­ple for what they have been able to achieve. What is so im­pres­sive for me is the way China has been able, de­spite all the progress and all the iden­ti­fied chal­lenges, to ad­dress them fairly and move on,” he said.

Photo: Yin Yeping/GT

Geir O. Ped­er­sen gives his farewell speech as the Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador to China.

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