By: Lawrence Chiu and Jay Chen
Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taiwan is unable to become one of the prospective founding members
of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese official said Monday without giving any reasons.
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, quoted the AIIB’s Multilateral Interim Secretariat as confirming a press report that also said Taiwan could still become a member of the bank in the future.
The Taiwan Affairs Office reiterated China’s position that Taiwan would be welcomed to join the multilateral development institution “under an appropriate name.”
China believes that a way can be found for Taiwan to participate in the AIIB through practical consultations, the office added. [FULL STORY]