China president's plane stops in Alaska after Trump visit

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Xi met with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker Friday night during a refueling stop in Anchorage before resuming his flight to Beijing. The waters are home to the endangered Beluga whale.

Walker touted Alaska's natural resources and told Xi the state could provide a generation's worth of liquefied natural gas to China.

Xi, on a state visit to Finland before this week's US summit, said China and Finland will "enhance cooperation in Arctic affairs and promote environmental protection and sustainable development of the Arctic".

The president suggested that the two sides should further cooperate in industries of mineral, oil, gas, fishery and tourism, initiate more exchanges in winter sports and enhance friendship among the peoples.

Trump has repeatedly hammered China for exporting more to the USA than it buys.

Chris Hladick, the commissioner of the state's Commerce department, called the visit by the Chinese delegation a "once-in-a lifetime opportunity".

According to the Washington Post, Trump told reporters near the end of the Chinese president's visit, the two made "tremendous progress" in relations between China and the US. Included in that previous year was about $130 million of precious metals, which Hladick said was likely gold from the Fairbanks area. The meeting between Walker and Xi is expected to be joined by Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and more than a dozen Chinese ministers and directors. King Harald V of Norway also made an official visit to Anchorage a few months before Obama.

Xi stopped in Alaska for a refuelling stop following his meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday in Florida, reported Alaska Dispatch News.

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