Vice MOEA chief claims will not talk AIIB in China

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Vice Eco­nomics Min­is­ter Cho Shih-chao ( ) said Thurs­day a Tai­wanese news­pa­per re­port that he will dis­cuss with the main­land Tai­wan’s bid to join the pro­posed China- led Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank (AIIB, ) dur­ing his on­go­ing visit there, was false.

Cho, who is on a visit to China as a mem­ber of the Tai­wan-based Straits Ex­change Foun­da­tion (SEF,

) del­e­ga­tion, said he had not and will not dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to Tai­wan’s AIIB bid with China.

A Lib­erty Times’ re­port said Cho first vis­ited the United States to talk about the is­sue, in­clud­ing what name Tai­wan might use to join the AIIB, dur­ing the four-day Tomb Sweep­ing Fes­ti­val week­end from April 3-6 and he sub­se­quently con­verged in Taipei with the SEF del­e­ga­tion be­fore leav­ing for the main­land on April 7.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Cho would ne­go­ti­ate with China re­gard­ing Tai­wan’s AIIB bid based on the bot­tom line he reached with Wash­ing­ton: Tai­wan should join the AIIB us­ing the ti­tle “Chi­nese Taipei,” the name un­der which Tai­wan ac­ceded to the Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Coop- er­a­tion (APEC) in 1991.

How­ever, Cho told a CNA re­porter he was vis­it­ing the main­land in his ca­pac­ity as a SEF board mem­ber and his itin­er­ary was ar­ranged some time ago. Ac­cord­ing to the pre-planned jour­ney, he was sched­uled to visit China-based Tai­wanese busi­nesses to gain an un­der­stand­ing of their op­er­a­tions. He will also check out arts and cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties while there.

The re­port’s claim that he was a spe­cial en­voy sent to China was ut­terly un­true, Cho said, adding that the me­dia has a strong imag­i­na­tion.

Chou Jih-shine, SEF vice chair­man and spokesman, also said Cho has not left the del­e­ga­tion since he joined the group in Taipei on April 7 and has no plan to talk with China about the AIIB.

Chou re­it­er­ated that SEF Chair­man Lin Join-sane ( ) also would not touch on is­sues re­lated to the AIIB dur­ing a meet­ing sched­uled for Fri­day be­tween him and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Chen Dem­ing ( ), pres­i­dent of the Bei­jing-based As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­la­tions Across the Tai­wan Straits ( ARATS,

), in Xi’an ( ), Shaanxi ( ) Prov­ince.

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