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Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo on Saturday met with Alaska Governor Sean Parnell in Anchorage before winding up his week-long official goodwill visit to the United States.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, said he was glad to have Alaska as the final stop in his visit to the United States.

Apart from meeting with U.S. government and parliament officials, Wu said he also conducted comprehensive contacts with people from all walks of life in the U.S. during his stay.

The major topics included how to strengthen the Sino-U.S. cooperation, how to join hands to face challenges and how to realize common development of the two countries, Wu said.

Wu noted that, Alaska, a state with rich natural resources and a closest U.S. state to China, enjoys incomparable advantages in cooperation with regions of China.

He wished that the Alaska state will further encourage its entrepreneurs to take the opportunities and expand new cooperation scopes in economy and trade with China, and boost exchanges and cooperation in the fields such as renewable energy, climate change, science and technology, and education.

During the meeting, Parnell said he was pleased that Chairman Wu and the delegation chose to stop over in Alaska during their visit to the United States.

China is an important market for Alaska, Parnell said. He and Wu had a good conversation on topics ranging across renewable energy, environmental conservation, natural resources development, Alaska seafood and tourism opportunities, he added.

At the invitation of U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Wu started to visit the U.S. on Sept. 6. His trip to the United States was the first official visit to America by a top Chinese legislator in the past two decades.

Wu met with U.S. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the stay.

Before visiting the Unites States, Wu has visited Cuba and the Bahamas.

(Xinhua News Agency September 13, 2009)

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