He Guoqiang, a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official, arrived in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Thursday evening for an official visit to Norway.
In a written speech delivered upon arrival at airport, He said that Norway is among the first group of Western countries which recognized the People's Republic of China and that the relations between the two countries have maintained a good momentum of development since their establishment of diplomatic ties 55 years ago.
The CPC and the Chinese government attaches great importance to developing its relations with Norway and is willing to push forward the bilateral relations and conduct more fruitful cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, said He, who is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.
The Chinese party official said that he hopes the two sides will continue to exchange and share experiences of governance, further enhance understanding and friendship and expand cooperation through exchange of high-level visits.
Norway is the third leg of He's on-going visit, which has already taken him to Italy and Iceland.