From May 19th to May 30th, Governor Bill Walker of Alaska led an 11-day trade mission through China which included the cities of Chengdu, Beijing, and Shanghai. The Chengdu leg of the mission lasted four days, from May 19 – 22. Some highlights of this portion included a visit to a panda reserve as well as trade gathering on the evening of the 22nd. Seafood traders from Chengdu and the local area were invited to participate, bringing together many key players in the industry. Through the meeting which transitioned to one-on-one meetings, the relationship between China and the United States was strengthened, while the interaction of Alaska seafood suppliers and traders was promoted.
Moving from central China, the mission headed north to Beijing for 3 days. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) representatives Robin Wang and Jane Yao accompanied the delegation and participated in events at JD.com headquarters.
The last leg of the governor’s trade mission was also the most magnificent, highlighted by a dinner reception at the W Shanghai – The Bund. With the Huangpu River serving as a beautiful backdrop, and view of the Oriental Pearl Tower, the governor of Alaska, Shanghai ATO representatives, ASMI members, plus 5 major Alaska seafood suppliers and 90 traders, as well as hotel chefs, and 30 media platforms all gathered for a festive and lively evening filled with Alaska seafood. The atmosphere was harmonious, as traders and suppliers talked and developed meaningful connections. The event was the perfect embodiment of the trade mission, promoting both Alaska and Alaska seafood, as well as the fostering of closer ties.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Association said it was very happy to participate in the governor’s trade mission. Local traders also expressed how pleased they were to meet suppliers they wanted to work with.