With just a day to go before the deadline, more countries are handing in applications to become a founding member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Thirty countries have become prospective founding members of the bank. The Netherlands, Brazil and Georgia have submitted written confirmation to China. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday that his country is signing a memorandum of understanding to join the AIIB, a move that will allow Australia to participate as a founding member.
Meanwhile, China's Ministry of Finance has said Denmark has announced its intention to apply for membership. Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Shuvalov, announced at the Boao Forum for Asia on Saturday that his country would also join.
As well as the 30 nations that have become members, up to 12 countries have submitted their applications and are awaiting approval.