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Norway shuns Dalai Lama, hoping to mend China ties

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    May 7, 2014: Dalai Lama stands with chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland, right, and deputy chairwoman Kaci Kullmann Five from the Nobel Peace Prize committee, in Oslo.AP

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    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrives in Oslo, Wednesday May 7, 2014. Norway's decision to shun the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo this week has left a sour taste for a country that prides itself in being a beacon of human rights in the world. Unlike on his previous visits to Norway, no government officials will meet the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader, who arrived in Oslo on Wednesday for a three-day stay. (AP Photo/Jon Eeg, NTB Scanpix) NORWAY OUTThe Associated Press

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    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrives in Oslo, Wednesday May 7, 2014. Norway's decision to shun the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo this week has left a sour taste for a country that prides itself in being a beacon of human rights in the world. Unlike on his previous visits to Norway, no government officials will meet the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader, who arrived in Oslo on Wednesday for a three-day stay. (AP Photo/Heiko Junge, NTB Scanpix) NORWAY OUTThe Associated Press

Norway's decision to ignore the Dalai Lama's visit to Oslo this week to avoid upsetting China has drawn criticism in a country that considers itself a beacon of human rights in the world.

Unlike on his previous visits to Norway, no government officials will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate during his three-day stay that started Wednesday.

The Conservative-led government, which took power last year, has made it a priority to repair relations with China, frozen since jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

High-profile meetings with the Dalai Lama would likely have angered China even more. But critics say oil-rich Norway can afford to stand up to China and may be compromising its principles for no return.