Cabinet officials talk AIIB at Legislative Yuan
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.”
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.