US Without Plans to Join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

© Flickr / Gage SkidmoreThe White House in Washington, D.C.
The White House in Washington, D.C. - Sputnik International
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said that the United States is not considering participation in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is not considering participation in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters.

“We have not taken any steps to join the AIIB, and I do not know of any to do so in the future,” Schultz stated on Wednesday.

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang came forward with an initiative to establish the AIIB to boost investment in infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) takes photos with guests of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 24, 2014. - Sputnik International
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When asked whether the Obama administration is worried that by not joining the AIIB, Washington is “sort of ceding” its role on the global economic arena, Schultz stressed he has not heard such concerns being expressed.

In October 2014, twenty-two Asian states signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the AIIB with the headquarters in Chinese capital Beijing. The bank's authorized capital amounted to $100 billion at the time.

Fifty-seven prospective founding members to the AIIB have been officially approved, according to Chinese media reports on Wednesday.

The AIIB will focus on the development of infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia, including energy, power, transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, water supply, sanitation, environmental protection, urban development and logistics, among other areas.

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