Beijing to consider ROC’s AIIB bid in positive manner: official
China has not changed its stance on Taiwan’s bid to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and will consider the bid “in a positive manner” as it writes the charter for the new organization, a Chinese official said Wednesday.
China’s position of welcoming Taiwan to join the multilateral institution “under an appropriate name” has not changed, said Ma Xiaoguang ( ), a spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China’s State Council, at a regular press conference in Beijing.
Ma said the planned AIIB will be “an open and tolerant multi- lateral international development organization,” and as the involved parties negotiate the new lender’s charter they will “think over the problem of Taiwan’s participation in a positive manner.”
China believes that a way can be found for Taiwan to participate in the AIIB through practical con- sultations, he said, and during the process, the mainland is willing to accept any constructive opinions from different sectors.
At present, those accepted to join the AIIB as founding members are discussing the drafting of the organization’s charter, including rules on accepting new members, Ma said.