Bei­jing to con­sider ROC’s AIIB bid in pos­i­tive man­ner: of­fi­cial

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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