The debate about who has achieved more victories

Jonas Gahr støre (Jonas Gahr Støre) considers that the agreement on the dividing line (in the Barents sea — approx. TRANS.), which he achieved in the negotiations with Russia, is a bigger achievement than Chinese decision børge Brende (Børge Brende).

A solution to the issue with China before Christmas — the biggest win of the Minister of foreign Affairs børge Brende. The agreement on the dividing line with Russia in 2010 was the biggest triumph of the then Minister of foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr støre (now head of the Labour party — approx. TRANS.). Both events are a diplomatic breakthrough for little Norway in its relations with the great powers.

But what win the biggest? DN could not ask the head of the Working party. And then Erna Solberg (Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of the conservative party the Hare — approx. TRANS.).

DN: Is the solution of the Chinese question is more important dividing line?

Stere: No. The solution of the Chinese question is a decision a prolonged time, here we just return to the normal position. But I commend the government for addressing the issue, the outline of which I knew in my tenure as Minister of foreign Affairs. The government did the right thing, waiting for the time when the situation is ripe for such decision. Previously, it was impossible to do.

The outline referenced by the Stere is an attempt to come to an agreement; a secret agreement against whom strongly advocated, Jens Stoltenberg (Jens Stoltenberg) in 2013.

DN: Is the contract with China is more important than agreement on the dividing line?

Solberg: It should be seen in historical perspective. If we can find a lot of oil and gas thanks to an agreement on the dividing line, it will certainly be very important. But if we talk about economic value, the agreement with China is likely to be more important.

All involved

The dispute with China has much more piquant political background, than the agreement on the dividing line: the Deputy leader of the party the Hare Ian Round sanner (Jan Tore Sanner) nominated Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (Liu Xiaobo) for the peace prize, which led to complications in relations between China and Norway in 2010.

The then Minister of foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr støre pre-warned the head of the Nobel Committee, the former head of the Labor party, Thorbjorn Jagland (Thorbjørn Jagland) about the consequences that will have for Norway.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Labour party, Espen Barth-EIDE said in an interview with DN in the summer of 2013 that the problem with China can be resolved soon — he hoped the Treaty, which was meant to be a secret. When a year later the contract information became known, the Minister of foreign Affairs børge Brende, was forced to go the more difficult way.

And in 2015, when the conservatives won a majority in the Storting, which had consequences for the Nobel Committee: former head of the Labour party, thorbjørn Jagland was replaced (on a post of the Chairman of the Nobel Committee — approx. TRANS.), the former head of the party the Hare kasi Kullmann five (Kaci Kullmann Five).

The then Secretary of the Labour party Raymond Johansen (Raymond Johansen) said in an interview with DN that he “knew why many countries are trying to separate the Nobel peace prize from the Norwegian foreign policy.”

Little Norway

Prime Minister Erna Solberg recognizes that Norway is a particularly small country from the point of view of foreign policy.

DN: Did the history of relations with China shows just how intertwined politics and the Norwegian Nobel prize?

Solberg: the Nobel Committee is completely independent. Countries that are not familiar this type of independence can be difficult to understand. Norway is a small country. And when we look at those who are engaged in foreign policy, who works with human rights and so forth, you become more of a small country.

Støre warns that not is too emphasize their former positions.

DN: Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the former head of the Labour party, and this despite the warnings of the current leader of the Labour party?

Støre: the Responsibility for decision-making carries the Nobel Committee. Decisions are made by the members of the Committee, the old positions don’t matter.