Alaska governor to focus on gas, trade during DC trip

June 19, 2018 GMT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker plans to attend a gas conference in Washington, D.C., next week and meet with U.S. and Chinese leaders on trade.

Walker spokesman Austin Baird says Walker plans to attend the World Gas Conference, which bills itself as a global gathering of buyers, sellers, experts and policy makers.

In a statement, Walker said that while in Washington, he plans to raise the issue of trade with officials from the U.S. and China. He said he will “continue to work directly with both sides to make sure Alaska’s interests are protected.”

Walker recently led a trade mission to China, a country the state is courting as it pursues a major liquefied natural gas project.

There also have been rising tensions between the U.S. and China on trade.