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US Could Join China-backed AIIB in Wake of Trump Win, Bank Chief Says

Nov 15 , 2016

The United States might reverse course and partner with the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank after Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, the head of the lender signalled on Monday.

AIIB chief Jin Liqun said he understood some Trump advisers thought the US was wrong not to join the new regional lender, Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily reported ­on Monday.

“I have heard a certain senior official of President Barack Obama speak good of the AIIB and after Donald Trump won, I was told that many in his team have an opinion that Obama was not right not to join the AIIB, especially after Canada joined, which was a very loud endorsement of the bank,” Jin was quoted as ­saying. “So we can’t rule out the new government in [the] US endorsing the AIIB or indicating interest to join.”


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