Walker weighs in on Chinese sanctions to Alaska seafood
Starting Friday, China is slated to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. seafood, including Alaska products. The move comes amid increasingly heated trade talks between the two nations.
On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski called China's move 'worrisome.'
"I'm always worried anytime you talk about something that will restrict trade in Alaska," Walker said of the sanctions Wednesday.
Walker has been focused on establishing an independent trade relationship between Alaska and the Asian nation.
In May, he and a fleet of local businesses -- including several seafood processors -- set out to China on a trade mission. Earlier this spring, Walker's administration said it thought China's potential partnership with Alaska on a natural gas pipeline project could protect the state from a national trade war. On Wednesday, Walker remained optimistic.
"We are working with the Chinese government with the U.S. Government at the highest level to see what we can do as a state to help offset the trade deficit," Walker said in an interview from Seward Wednesday.
Walker indicated the state's natural gas pipeline project, Alaska LNG, could still play an important role in trade negotiations.
"We have a trillion dollar project we're working on, as we all know, the only trillion dollar project in the United States, the largest energy project, so a lot of support for that- a lot of push for that, so we're excited," Walker said, referring to the estimated value of the resources that could be developed over the life of the project.
Walker says he met with members of the Trump administration on the topic in Washington D.C. last week.
"I talked with the secretary of trade about what we can do for more trade between Alaska and China- that's really what this trade issue is all about," Walker said. "A lot of our seafood that goes to Asia is for secondary processing, that is not taxed."
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