Cabi­net of­fi­cials talk AIIB at Leg­isla­tive Yuan

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) led a team of Cabi­net-level of­fi­cials to pay an of­fi­cial call to Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) on the is­sue of join­ing the Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank (AIIB,

), yes­ter­day. Aside from the group’s meet­ing with Wang, the Cabi­net of­fi­cials also met with leg­isla­tive cau­cuses and min­istry of­fi­cials be­hind closed doors for more than an hour.

Mao was ac­com­pa­nied by Cabi- net Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Chien Tai-lang ( ), For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin ( ), Fi­nance Min­is­ter Chang Sheng-ford (

), Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil Chair­man An­drew Hsia (

), and Gover­nor of the Cen­tral Bank of the Repub­lic of China Perng Fai-nan ( ).

Af­ter the meet­ing, Wang stated that no par­ties op­posed the na­tion’s ap­pli­ca­tion to join the AIIB. He said that fu­ture meet­ings would be ar­ranged with re­gard to par­tic­i­pa­tion guide­lines, progress and other re­lated con­tent. He added that Tai­wan would not join the AIIB if the process di­min­ished the na­tion’s stand­ing or brought dis­ad­van­ta­geous con­di­tions. Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) cau­cus whip Ker Chien-ming ( ) said his party would strictly mon­i­tor the process.

Taipei sub­mit­ted its in­ten­tion to join the Bei­jing-led in­vest­ment bank Tues­day evening. Bei­jing’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency (

) stated that “The AIIB is open and ac­com­mo­dat­ing, and we wel­come Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion with an ap­pro­pri­ate name.”

CNA

A postal worker’s mo­tor­bike is shown in Miaoli, yes­ter­day. Liu Ching-sung (

), 57, suf­fered a heart attack dur­ing his rounds yes­ter­day and was de­clared dead on ar­rival at hos­pi­tal. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Liu had com­pleted a de­liv­ery and was about to leave on his mo­tor­bike when he keeled over. Liu had worked at Miaoli Post Of­fice since 1982.

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