GUARDED AD­MI­RA­TION: ALASKA AND CHINA

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping stopped off in Alaska on his way home, tool­ing down the Anchorage streets in an en­tourage that in­cluded 24 cars. There’s some his­tory here. Last year alone, Alaska ex­ported $1.2 bil­lion worth of seafood, min­er­als and other prod­ucts to China.

And these days, Mr. Xi ap­pears in­ter­ested in send­ing his na­tion’s ath­letes to train in downhill ski­ing in Alaska for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics, which will be in Bei­jing. Gov. Bill Walker also hosted his guests at din­ner in the Crow’s Nest, a world-class restau­rant atop the Hotel Cap­tain Cook in Anchorage where there is king crab, Alaskan-style bouil­l­abaisse and king salmon to be had.

“Ad­mir­ing the view of the Chugach Moun­tains, Xi asked Walker whether the restau­rant, at the top of the hotel, was of the re­volv­ing variety. It’s not,” the Alaska Dis­patch News said, not­ing that gover­nor and pres­i­dent went over the finer points of fish­eries, air cargo, oil and gas. Mr. Xi ap­peared up­beat.

“He felt that as a re­sult of his com­ing to Alaska we will see an uptick of tourism from China — and I think he’s cor­rect about that,” Mr. Walker told a press gag­gle in the af­ter­math.

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