"The moment it becomes difficult to stand up for human rights, you throw away your principles and instead kow-tow towards China," Geir Lippestad, who now chairs the left-wing think tank Agenda, told Norway's VG Newspaper.
"My attitude is that it is a capitulation to China not to meet a human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner when he comes to Norway."
The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, is in Norway on 7 and 8 May to celebrate the 25th anniversary his Nobel Peace Prize award.
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However, Norway's government on Friday confirmed that no member of the government would meet him during his trip for fear of upsetting the delicate diplomacy over repairing the country's relationship with China.