Chinese President Xi Jinping was able to take in views Friday night of the natural beauty that Alaska has to offer. The state's governor hopes this will lead to an increased appetite in the world's most populous nation for more natural resources from Alaska.
Xi requested time with Gov. Bill Walker Friday night as the Chinese delegation's plane made a refueling stop in Alaska's largest city following meetings with President Donald Trump in Florida.
Walker also took time to advocate for a natural gas pipeline he has long backed, which would take natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the coast for shipment.
Alaska could provide a generation's worth of liquefied natural gas to China, he told Xi.
Jerry McCune is president of the United Fishermen of Alaska. He said he understood the trade talk would focus mostly on oil and gas, but added: "I would say that any trade that we can boost in the fishery with any particular county, China would be one that would be huge."
So maybe it was the result of some of the Great Dealer's trade negotiations. But why wasn't it planned in advance? Maybe...
Alaska's location provides a natural stopping point for world leaders to make refueling stops, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage has hosted many presidents over the years for these short stints.