SAN FRANCISCO – A trade delegation from the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin is in the US northwestern state of Alaska to seek more business opportunities.
We are, first of all, looking for trading opportunities, specifically in the seafood export, from Alaska to China, specifically from Anchorage to Harbin City.
Steven Lo, Executive Director, World Trade Center, Harbin
The seven-member Chinese delegation from Harbin City World Trade Center in Heilongjiang province, which began a two-day visit to Anchorage Friday, met Alaska Governor Bill Walker and local businesses at the Anchorage Economic Development Corp office, according to the KTVA TV.
The visit came a week into an Alaska trade mission to China.
The two sides took part in discussion on topics ranging from commercial fishing, real estate development to airline service and shipping.
Steven Lo, executive director for Harbin City' s World Trade Center, said the delegation wants to explore opportunities with the intent on returning to Alaska often.
"We are, first of all, looking for trading opportunities, specifically in the seafood export, from Alaska to China, specifically from Anchorage to Harbin City," he said, playing down the impact of the China-US trade frictions between the world's two largest economies.
"There will always be disagreements when you do trade," he explained.
"The Chinese are interested in Alaska. They want more fish. They want our clean air. They want tourism. They want water from here," said Lindsey Whitt, an external affairs manager from shipping company Matson, who took part in the talks with the Chinese delegation.
The Harbin city delegation is scheduled to leave late Saturday. Another Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit Alyeska Resort, a ski resort about 44 km away from Anchorage, this summer to look into the possibility of training of Chinese athletes for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at some of Alaska's sports facilities.
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