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Name issue for Taiwan's AIIB bid on agenda of cross-strait talks

Name issue for Taiwan's AIIB bid on agenda of cross-strait talks

Taipei, April 2 (CNA) The issue of what name might be used by Taiwan to join the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be discussed during the next round of high-level cross-Taiwan Strait talks, Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford (???) said Thursday. Chang said Taiwan cannot give up any chance it gets to take part in international organizations but will make sure to do so under the principles of equality and dignity. The name issue will be raised during the upcoming meeting between Lin Join-sane (???), chairman of Taiwan's semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation, and his Chinese counterpart, Chen Deming (???) of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, slated to take place April 10 in the northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an, according to Chang. On Tuesday, Taiwan submitted its letter of intent to join the AIIB to the interim Secretariat for Establishing the AIIB via China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), pledging to invest US$200 million in the bank. The TAO said the following day that it had received Taiwan's application and said it welcomes Taiwan's participation under the "proper name." When asked what name Taiwan might use to join the AIIB, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (??) said last week that the matter can be handled in accordance with "international practice." Due to China's opposition, Taiwan often has trouble joining international organizations, and when it does, it cannot use its official title, the Republic of China. In most cases, Taiwan uses the name "Chinese Taipei." Speaking during a weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday, Premier Mao Chi-kuo reiterated that the government will not compromise the nation's dignity and will pursue fair treatment as a member of the AIIB. After Taiwan becomes a member of AIIB, its rights and investment in the bank will enjoy the same protection as all the other member countries, Mao said. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-23 02:29 GMT+08:00