Jim Yong Kim, US nominee to be president of the World Bank, has met with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Shaoxing, China, as part of his world tour to drums up support for his candidacy, Bloomberg reported.
The Korean-American physician, a specialist on HIV/AIDS, wants to solicit ‘‘priorities and ideas’’ for the bank’s future, according to a statement from the US. Treasury.
Kim, also the Dartmouth College President, is favorite to lead the bank given the US candidate traditionally gets the post, Agence France-Presse wrote.
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His rivals to replace Robert Zoellick, whose term ends June 30, are Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo.
The World Bank plans to pick its new president April 16 after interviewing the three candidates.
Beijing has not officially backed any candidate, according to AFP.
Kim, who would be the first Asian-American to head the body, is best known for his AIDS treatment program at the World Health Organization.
He heads next to Tokyo, Seoul -- his birthplace -- New Delhi, Brussels, Brasilia and Mexico.
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