GUARDED ADMIRATION: ALASKA AND CHINA
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.