Tor Christian Hildan, ambassador at the Norwegian embassy in Beijing has perturbed his Chinese counterpart in Oslo by predicting the fall of China's Communist Party.
...."I am fairly sure that the Communist Party will not survive this modernizing process in its present form," Hildan told Aftenposten, and said that the party would soon be a thing of the past.
Feng Ming Dong, press spokesman at the Chinese Embassy in Oslo, expressed surprise at the remarks.
"We are very surprised and we wonder if his opinions are correctly quoted," Feng Ming Dong told Aftenposten.no.
Asked if he considered the remarks undiplomatic, Dong replied: "If you think they are undiplomatic, I would say I agree."