The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is expected in Norway 7 – 9 May, under normal circumstances a happy occasion giving cause for much celebration in the land.
Unfortunately Norway fell from grace, in the eyes of the Chinese, following the 2010 Nobel peace prize, awarded Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, representing a serious blow to Norway–China relations, resulting in a severe decrease in bilateral trade, which is to be expected.
The consequences have caused much regret in Norway’s political establishment, branding the Dalai Lama, 1989 Nobel peace prize laureate himself, persona non grata in the realm. In fact no Norwegian officials will be there to receive the Dalai Lama during his visit, save for the president of the indigenous Sami parliament, hardly representing the Norwegian populace as such.
A kind of cowardice I honestly did not think possible.
In my opinion China and its cohorts (and aspiring cohorts, such as Norway) ought to pay for their shameful conduct. If we ignore the Dalai Lama, we ourselves deserve to be ignored.
At any rate, now you know who we are and what we stand for – or rather not.
Photo: The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Photographer: Niccolò Caranti/Wikipedia