Chinese visit on Statfjord B

March 23, 1999, 08:00 CET

Tang Jiaxuan, foreign minister of China, visited Statoil's Statfjord B platform in the North Sea on 22 March.

This trip offshore was the first item on the official agenda for the minister's visit to Norway, which will last until 25 March.

He was accompanied to the platform by Rolf Magne Larsen, senior vice president for International Exploration and Production, who presented him with a model of the Oseberg ship.

Upon returning from Statfjord B, Tang Jiaxuan visited the former home of 19th-century Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg at Troldhaugen in Bergen.

While in Norway, the minister is due to have political talks with Norwegian premier Kjell Magne Bondevik and foreign minister Knut Vollebæk.

He will also be meeting Kirsti Kolle Grøndahl, president of the Storting (parliament) and members of the Storting's standing committee on foreign affairs.