Former Prime Minister denied visa to China

Norway's former prime minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, has been denied a visa to travel to China. Bondevik was to have chaired a meeting of the World Council of Churches in Nanjing on Monday.

Just before the weekend he was informed that he had been denied entry to China, Aftenposten reports.

Bondevik says he received no reason for the refusal. He was just informed that the Chinese Embassy in Oslo had not received the

necessary authorization from Beijing.

Bondevik is the only one of the 30 delegates to the World Council who has been denied a visa.

A large number of Norwegians have been denied visa to China, after the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2010.

(NRK)

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