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Taiwan's former VP, Chinese president begin talks

Taiwan's former VP, Chinese president begin talks

Boao, China, March 28 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew and Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands and posed for pictures Saturday before their talks that will include the issue of Taiwan's possible inclusion in the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Earlier, China's top official responsible for relations with Taiwan Zhang Zhijun said that China will need to first learn more about Taiwan's specific thinking with regard to AIIB participation.

The minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office under China's State Council said that "of course there is a chance" that Taiwan can be part of the new financial institution but added China has not received Taiwan's formal request.

Siew is in the Chinese city in Hainan Province at the head of Taiwan's delegation to the annual Boao Forum for Asia.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Siew said he will express the view that Taiwan should join the AIIB during his meeting with Xi.

A multilateral development bank proposed by China, the AIIB is regarded by some as a potential rival to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), all of which are institutions dominated by developed countries such as the United States. (By Eva Feng and Jay Chen)

Updated : 2021-09-21 13:23 GMT+08:00