China Trade: Alaska's New Frontier?

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From May 31-June 6, watch Channel 2 News' coverage of Gov. Bill Walker's Trade Mission to China. Channel 2's Blake Essig traveled with the Governor and Alaska business representatives, who aim to strengthen the trade relationship between our two countries.


Watch the News Hour for our full coverage, or check back here if you missed it on air.

An outside view of Alaska's trade efforts in China

Channel 2's Blake Essig sat down with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, who talks about Alaska's efforts to increase trade with China. Branstad himself championed similar efforts in Iowa in the 1980s.

Businesses, government officials, say trade mission to China was valuable

Gov. Bill Walker finished the 10-day Alaska trade mission to China on Wednesday with a meeting among reporters and many of the participants in a state conference room in downtown Anchorage.

Alaska seafood industry hopes to triple exports to China after trade mission

Seafood is Alaska's largest commodity, and China is the state's largest trading partner. In 2017, the Alaska Office of International Trade reports Alaska exported about a billion dollars worth of seafood to China, a figure Gov. Bill Walker would like to triple.

An inconvenient flight; Alaskans push for non-stop air service to China from the Last Frontier

A non-stop flight from Anchorage to Beijing will take you about 7 1/2 hours. At this point, however, that commercial flight doesn't exist. Instead, it can sometimes take twice as long to make the trip from Alaska.

China's demand for cleaner LNG fuels pipeline partnership, but is it a pipe dream?

A liquefied natural gas pipeline through Alaska has been talked about for decades, and while some have called the project a pipe dream, the proposal continues to gain traction as the result of a relatively new partnership forged between Alaska and China.

China is Alaska's No. 1 trade partner, say state officials

China is Alaska's top trade partner. In 2017, Alaska exported $1.32 billion in goods to the country, or about 26 percent of Alaska's total exports to the world market valuing $4.93 billion.

Governor touts LNG at China-U.S. Governors' Forum in Chengdu

Gov. Bill Walker and the Opportunity Alaska trade delegation attended the 4th annual China-U.S. Governors' Forum, where the focus of discussion was economic innovation, environmentally friendly development, and international trade. (May 23, 2018)

APU and China create relationship around Nordic skiing

Alaska Pacific University has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Heilongjiang Provincial Sports Administration to form a cooperative relationship around Nordic skiing. (May 22, 2018)

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Explore Fairbanks signs deal with China marketing company

Explore Fairbanks has announced that it inked a deal with East West Marketing Corp. to represent them in China. (May 31, 2018)

US and China agree on trade as Alaska's governor meets Chinese vice premier

Trade tensions between U.S. and China eased considerably Monday as officials with both countries signaled "significant progress" towards an agreement on trade matters. (May 21, 2018)

China trade mission focus of Anchorage Chamber luncheon

The big Chinese trade mission leaves Alaska later this month, and was the subject of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday. (May 7, 2018)

VIDEO: Mike Ross sits down with Gov. Bill Walker

For a live interview during the Channel 2 News Hour, Mike Ross asked AK Gov. Walker about his trade mission to China. (Apr. 20, 2018)

Walker plans trade mission to China in May

Representatives of 26 Alaska businesses and agencies will travel to China with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker in May to meet economic partners, aiming to expand Alaska markets.

Walker plans trade mission to China in May

Governor Bill Walker plans to take a group of Alaska businesses to China in May for a trade mission. The Monday announcement was one of several aimed at further building relations with the state’s largest trading partner.

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