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China launches Asian infrastructure Investment Bank

Saturday, January 16, 2016 17:19
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China has launched a new international development bank to help re-balance the global economy.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Xi Jinping said Asia’s financing needs for basic infrastructure are enormous, adding that the bank plans to invest in projects that are high quality and low cost. Within the first five years, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is expected to lend between 10 and 15 billion dollars each year. Operations will begin in the second quarter of this year despite massive opposition from Washington. The US has been against the creation of the bank, because it would be a rival for the World Bank and would change Washington’s economic power in Asia. US allies, including Australia, Britain, Germany and Italy however, have agreed to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Peter Koenig
Former World Bank Economist


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