Taiwan still expecting to join AIIB: MAC minister
Although the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has yet to be established and is still considering applications from prospective members, Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council Hsia Li-yan (
) said Wednesday that he expects Taiwan will be allowed to join the AIIB.
Beijing has many times welcomed Taipei’s application for AIIB membership and Taipei hopes Beijing will create favorable conditions for Taipei’s dignified and equal par- ticipation, Hsia said in a conference.
Asked whether it is possible for Taiwan to join the AIIB by the end of this year, Hsia said that since the AIIB has yet to be established, and since it can only receive applications after that time, and that any applicants will need to be voted in, it is too early to speculate.
Many Chinese leaders have voiced welcome to Taiwan’s membership, so Taipei expects to join the AIIB, Hsia said in the conference in Taipei titled “China’s Further Rise: Opportunities and Constrains.”