Chinese ambassador visits Anchorage to talk trade


China is Alaska’s largest export market, and the country's ambassador to the U.S. says it would like to do more business with the Last Frontier.

Tuesday Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Senator Mark Begich spoke about building a stronger business relationship. The ambassador expressed great interest in buying more energy.

The ambassador said he loves Alaska’s seafood and encourages the state to export more overseas.

"Alaska is an important trading partner with us; you export a lot of things to China and there will be more and more Chinese tourists coming here," the ambassador said.

China has a growing interest in using the northern sea route to ship cargo. The ambassador said global warming could actually have a positive impact on shipping. It could open more shipping lanes through the Arctic.

Ainsley Shea