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· Foreign Minister Spokesperson answers questions on the UK's application to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)(2015-03-13)
· Wang Yi Meets with Newly-appointed UK Ambassador to China Barbara Janet Woodward(2015-03-09)
· President Xi Jinping meets with the Duke of Cambridge(2015-03-03)
· Li Yuanchao Meets with Duke of Cambridge Prince William of the UK(2015-03-02)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on the UK's Six-Monthly Report on Hong Kong(2015-02-27)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on the visit by Duke of Cambridge Prince William to China(2015-02-27)
· Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Foreign Ministry Qin Gang Accepts Copy of Credentials from Newly-appointed Ambassador of the UK to China Barbara Janet Woodward(2015-02-25)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on Duke of Cambridge Prince William's visit to China(2015-02-25)
· The British Museum Launches the First "Happy Chinese New Year" Event(2015-02-24)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on the open letter from animal conservations groups on ivory trade
· Prime Minister David Cameron and other Political Figures Send Chinese New Year Greetings(2015-02-19)
· New Year's Greetings from the Duke of Cambridge(2015-02-19)
· Chinese New Year Message from British Prime Minister David Cameron(2015-02-19)
· China and the UK Hold A New Round of DG Level Consultations on Arms Control and Nonproliferation(2015-02-06)
· Legend of the Sun Makes Its Debut in London(2015-01-31)
· Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao met with Chairman of the British East Asia Council Ron Dennis(2015-01-29)
· Chang Wanquan Meets with the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the UK(2015-01-20)
· Wu Shengli Meets with the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the UK(2015-01-19)
· Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao Meets with Director-General for Economic & Consular Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Julian King of the UK(2015-01-13)
· Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo George William Swire of the UK(2015-01-07)
· Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao Meets with UK Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo Swire(2015-01-06)
· Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao Meets with UK Ambassador to China Sebastian Wood(2014-12-30)
· Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with UK Ambassador to China Sebastian Wood(2014-12-24)
· Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming Meets With UK Ambassador to China James Sebastian Wood(2014-12-23)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Answers Question on UK House of Commons FAC's Statement on Hong Kong(2014-12-13)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Answers Question on UK House of Commons' Debate on Hong Kong(2014-12-03)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Answers Questions on China's Refusal of the Entry by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee Investigation Group into Hong Kong(2014-12-03)
· Embassy Spokesman answers question on China's refusal to allow FAC delegation to enter Hong Kong for "inquiry"(2014-12-02)
· Foreign Ministry spokesperson answers questions on House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's plan to send delegation to Hong Kong to carry out the so-called inquiry(2014-12-02)
· Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry answers question on the cancellation of British delegation's visit to China(2014-11-26)
· Wang Yi Meets with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond of the UK(2014-11-25)
· Foreign Ministry spokesperson answers question on Chris Patten's attending US Congressional hearing on Hong Kong(2014-11-24)
· Foreign Ministry spokesperson answers question on Chris Patten's remarks on Hong Kong at the British Parliament(2014-11-06)
· Youth Football Delegation of China Soong Ching Ling Foundation Visits UK(2014-11-03)
· London Business School Holds "China Business Forum 2014"(2014-10-18)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on the remarks made by British Prime Minister on Hong Kong(2014-10-16)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on FCO's written statement on Hong Kong to the British Parliament(2014-10-16)
· National Natural Science Foundation of China Signs Newton Fund Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences of the UK(2014-10-08)
· Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui Meets with Chairman Stephen Perryof UK's 48 Group Club(2014-09-25)
· Chinese and British Financial Communities Hold the Rise of RMB Forum(2014-09-24)
· The Exhibition Ming: 50 Years that Changed China Opens at the British Museum(2014-09-18)
· Foreign Ministry spokesperson answers questions on Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's article in the Daily Telegraph on Hong Kong's political reform(2014-09-17)
· The Sixth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue was Held in London(2014-09-13)
· British Prime Minister David Cameron Meets with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai(2014-09-13)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on the FCO's response to the decision made by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress on the selection of the Hong Kong Chief Executive by universal suffrage(2014-09-08)
· Foreign Ministry Spokesperson answers question on Hong Kong's political reform(2014-09-08)
· Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council will travel to the UK to co-host the 6th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue with UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne(2014-09-08)
· Wang Yi Holds Telephone Talks with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond of the UK(2014-07-29)
· Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao Meets with Minister of State for Home Office James Brokenshire of UK(2014-07-29)
· Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping Meets with Minister of State for Home Office James Brokenshire of UK(2014-07-28)
Foreign Minister Spokesperson answers questions on the UK's application to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
2015/03/13

Q: On March 12, the UK officially applied to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a prospective member. A spokesperson of the White House National Security Council responded that any new multilateral institution should incorporate high standards of the World Bank and regional development banks, and hoped that the UK will use its voice to push for AIIB's adoption of high standards. There are also reports saying that the US is persuading other countries not to join the AIIB. How does China comment on this?

A: On March 12, the UK submitted to China the confirmation letter of joining the AIIB as a prospective member and officially applied to participate in the AIIB. China welcomes UK's decision.

The AIIB will design its governance structure and operation policy following the principles of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, responsibility and fairness. It will learn from the good practices of the existing multilateral development banks, and meanwhile avoid the alike problems they have encountered to reduce the cost and operate more effectively. The AIIB will cooperate with and complement the existing multilateral development banks, better serve its member states and support the infrastructure building and economic development in Asia. This will also help relevant countries to benefit more from Asia, a region brimming with development vitality and potentials. Everyone is welcome to join us in this undertaking which is beneficial to all.

Q: How important is it to China that the UK joins the AIIB as an important western economy?

A: As I have said, we welcome UK's decision. As the chairman of the chief negotiators' meeting on the establishment of the AIIB, China is heeding opinions from the prospective members in accordance with multilateral procedures. If everything goes well, the UK will officially become a prospective member of the AIIB at the end of March, and its participation fully proves the openness and inclusiveness of the AIIB. The early establishment and operation of the AIIB will boost the infrastructure building in Asia, elevate Asia's economic development level and further advance the common development of Asian countries.

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