Finland demands explanations regarding timber smuggling from Mozambique to China
Finland and other donors call on the Government of Mozambique to respond to the allegations of the illegal sale of timber presented in a recent report. The Environmental Investigation Agency, or EIA, a non-governmental organisation specialising in environmental affairs and based in London, has just published a report on the issue.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja met Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Song Tao, who visited Finland
The affairs on the agenda of the meeting between Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Song Tao on 29 October included enhancement of bilateral relations between Finland and China, the economic situation of the eurozone and, as regards questions of international politics, Syria and the nuclear weapons issue of Iran.
Shanghai Radical Design Week: combining culture and business
China has within a short space of time become a very interesting market for cultural exports. The 2010 Shanghai World Expo provided a unique springboard for Finnish cultural exports to China. This autumn will see the launch of the Shanghai Radical Design Week, which is organized under the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 framework.
The Foreign Ministry is saving and reorganising its network abroad
The Foreign Ministry continues to implement the savings required by the Government’s proposal for the budget and spending limits by closing down Finland’s Consulate General in Canton, China and the Consulate in Las Palmas, Spain, during 2012. Las Palmas will operate as an Honorary Consulate. Finland’s representation on the west coast of the United States will be concentrated in the mission located in the Silicon Valley of California.
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