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Governor Parnell Meets with Chairman of the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China

September 12, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today met with the National People's Congress Chairman Wu Bangguo of the People's Republic of China. 

"I was pleased that Chairman Wu and his delegation chose to stop over in Alaska for a day to experience the beauty of our state," Governor Parnell said. "China is an important market for Alaska. Chairman Wu and I had a good conversation on topics ranging from renewable energy to natural resources and, of course, Alaska seafood, and tourism opportunities."

Governor Parnell noted that Alaskans are already successful in this key market through the state's exports - $733 million in 2008. He also noted the operations of six of China's cargo airlines at Anchorage International Airport, the potential for the state's visitor industry in years to come, and the joint University of Alaska-China University of Petroleum exchange program.

"Visits of this nature provide opportunities to learn and to set a course that's beneficial for Alaska, our country and international relations," Governor Parnell said.

Upon departure, the delegation took home samples of smoked Alaska salmon and Chinese language information from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the Alaska Travel Industry Association. The visit to Alaska is the final stop of the delegation's visit to the United States.

Photos from the meeting can be found at: http://govweb.state.ak.us/large_photo.php?id=44

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