Tai­wan still ex­pect­ing to join AIIB: MAC min­is­ter

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.”

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