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ASMI executive talks Alaska seafood with Chinese president over dinner

Alexa Tonkovich joined Governor Bill Walker in welcoming the president to Alaska.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich was on hand as Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Anchorage for a refueling stop recently.

Jinping met with Alaska Governor Bill Walker earlier this month and Tonkovich joined them for a private dinner of Alaska seafood.

China is important to Alaska's economy, ASMI spokesman Jeremy Woodrow told ABC News, because it purchases a lot of Alaska fish for re-exporting, and Chinese consumers are consuming more seafood in general.

"Wild, sustainable, healthy, clean -- those type of attributes that you can put on Alaska seafood are becoming much more desirable for the Chinese consumer, and we're seeing year after year, more Alaska seafood products actually staying in China for Chinese consumption" he said.

ASMI said that "members of Alaska's seafood industry are hopeful the meeting will lead to increased resource exports, including Alaska seafood, to the state's most substantial export market."

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