Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau attends a news conference at the headquarters of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, China, August 31, 2016. Photo: Reuters, Thomas Peter
Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau attends a news conference at the headquarters of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, China, August 31, 2016. Photo: Reuters, Thomas Peter
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AIIB: Time for US to join?

Canada has finally joined, leaving Japan as the sole US-ally holdout

March 23, 2017 10:18 PM (UTC+8)

Reuters reports Thursday that the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment bank has approved thirteen new members to join. The members include Canada, which was a previous holdout partly at the behest of the US.

The Obama administration looked weak when it tried to pressure allies against joining the AIIB, an attempt that looks even sillier in hindsight than it did at the time. Is it time for the US to swallow its pride and join now, lest they look even more foolish should they want to participate even further down the road?

The answer is probably yes, despite the fact that they won’t consider it. The win for China would be temporary, and the US influence in the Bank would only further dilute China’s pull within the institution. But, for now, the US is content to be the odd man out.

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