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Norwegian leader meets with China's Xi as ties restored

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Monday April 10, 2017. (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Monday April 10, 2017. (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, second from left,  talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Monday April 10, 2017. (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP)

    Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, second from left, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Monday April 10, 2017. (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, holds a talk with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, second from left,  at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Monday April 10, 2017. (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, holds a talk with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, second from left, at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, China on Monday April 10, 2017. (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met with Norway's prime minister as the two countries move beyond a break in relations over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident six years ago.

During their meeting in Beijing on Monday, Xi commended Prime Minister Erna Solberg for her "hard work" on bilateral relations.

Solberg said Norwegian King Harald V plans a state visit next year.

China had suspended a trade deal with Norway and restricted imports of Norwegian salmon after the 2010 peace prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a democracy advocate.

Though the prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway's government has no say over the Nobel panel's decisions.

Relations resumed in December after China's foreign ministry said Norway offered "explicit statements" in support of China's sovereignty.