Group of European countries joins AIIB
The final number of founding members will be confirmed on April 15, after the opinions of all founding members are considered.
China confirmed the reception of Norway's application to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
"We have received the application. The AIIB is an open multilateral institute and welcomes countries in and out of Asia to apply for joining," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing.
China welcomed the application of Portugal to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member.
A statement from the Ministry of Finance said Portugal officially sent its written application to China on Tuesday, the deadline for countries to apply to become AIIB founding members.
In a separate statement, the ministry said Iceland also officially sent its written application to China to become an AIIB founding member on Tuesday. Iceland will likewise become a founding member on April 15, subject to the same conditions. ■