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The 11th Alaska-China Business Conference Concluded in Anchorage

The 11th Alaska-China Business Conference concluded in the City of Anchorage on 23rd January, 2018. Speakers from US Commercial Service, Alaska Governor’s Office, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), tourism industry, fishing industry, Confucius Institute of University of Alaska Anchorage and Bank of China New York Branch held discussions on China-Alaska cooperation in areas of energy, fishing, tourism and cultural exchange. Invited by World Trade Center Anchorage, the host of the Conference, Deputy Consul General Ren Faqiang, Economic Counselor Yang Yihang attended the event.

In his keynote speech, Deputy Consul General Ren illustrated China-US relations and the development of China-Alaska cooperation. He said, China-US relations, economic relationship in particular, feature mutual benefits. China has been Alaska’s biggest trade partner and number one export destination since 2011. In 2016, Alaska exported $1.18 billion to China, which made up 1/3 of Alaska’s total exports, creating jobs and tax revenues for the State. China and Alaska are economically complementary. There is a big room for cooperation on energy and mining. In last November, the State of Alaska, AGDC and their Chinese partner signed an agreement to explore the development of Alaska natural gas, which signaled a major step in bilateral energy cooperation.

Ren also introduced China International Import Expo that will take place in November in Shanghai. He welcomed Alaska government agencies and business representatives to display products and services at the Expo.

Meeting with State Directors of Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan

Meeting with Mayor of Anchorage

Ren also paid visits to Alaska Governor’s Office, Mayor of Anchorage, State Directors of Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan, Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. They exchanged views on deepening China-Alaska partnership on all fronts.

Meeting with Airport Manager of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

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