Legislature(2001 - 2002)

01/24/2001 03:35 PM EDT

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC                                                                             
                 DEVELOPMENT, TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                               
                        January 24, 2001                                                                                        
                           3:35 p.m.                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
PRESENTATION  BY CHINESE  DISSIDENT WEI,  JINGSHENG; PRESENTATION                                                               
BY AK TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSC.                                                                                                     
01-2, SIDES A & B                                                                                                               
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  LESIL McGUIRE,  Chair, called  the House  Special                                                               
Committee on Economic Development, Trade  and Tourism to order at                                                               
3:35 p.m.                                                                                                                       
Committee  members present  were Representatives  McGuire, Green,                                                               
James,   Morgan,   Masek   and   Guess.     Also   present   were                                                               
Representative  Porter,   Speaker  of  the  House,   as  well  as                                                               
Representative Berkowitz.                                                                                                       
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION                                                                                                        
WEI, JINGSHENG  (through DAVID MA,  his translator)  informed the                                                               
committee  that  American  businesses  should  be  cautious  when                                                               
entering into trade agreements with  China.  Good business is not                                                               
only earning  a profit, but also  doing so while keeping  in mind                                                               
violations of (human)  rights that are related to it.   The issue                                                               
of human rights  needs to be addressed when  pursuing business in                                                               
China.   China's laws are  enacted to protect the  government and                                                               
repress the people, whereas American  laws are enacted to protect                                                               
the country's citizens.                                                                                                         
DAVID MA said  U.S. immigration laws should in  the future become                                                               
more lenient  to Chinese citizens  who are fleeing  oppression in                                                               
China.    He related  this  message  to  his own  experiences  in                                                               
attempting to escape repression.                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JAMES  briefly touched  on  the  position of  the                                                               
United  States  regarding  giving   China  "Most  Favored  Nation                                                               
Status."  She asked Mr. Wei's opinion.                                                                                          
REPRESENTATIVE  MASEK  commended  Mr.  Wei  on  his  bravery  and                                                               
accomplishments.   She explained that  her husband had  also been                                                               
imprisoned at one time.                                                                                                         
TINA  LINDGREN,  President,  Alaska Travel  Industry  Association                                                               
(ATIA), discussed  the ATIA's plans  for the future  and answered                                                               
committee members' questions.                                                                                                   
There were no announcements.                                                                                                    
COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                              
The committee took no action.                                                                                                   
CHAIR McGUIRE  adjourned the House Special  Committee on Economic                                                               
Development, Trade and Tourism meeting at an unspecified time.                                                                  
NOTE:   The meeting was  recorded and handwritten log  notes were                                                               
taken.  A  copy of the tape(s)  and log notes may  be obtained by                                                               
contacting the  House Records  Office at  State Capitol,  Room 3,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska  99801  (mailing address),  (907)  465-2214,  and                                                               
after  adjournment of  the second  session  of the  Twenty-Second                                                               
Alaska  State Legislature  this  information may  be obtained  by                                                               
contacting the Legislative Reference Library at (907) 465-3808.                                                                 

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