JUN 30, 2018: China on Friday defended Pakistan saying it must not be vilified and pressured on the front of terror, after global watchdog FATF/APG put the country on “grey list” of countries that have not met its standards against money-laundering and terror finance.
The Chinese foreign ministry said it won’t comment on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) decision to put Pakistan on the “grey list” and counseled the world to see the efforts made by Islamabad in an “objective” way.
“We will not make comment on the decision of the task force. Pakistan has made enormous efforts for counterterrorism and made great sacrifice. The international community should view this in an objective, just way and should give more support and recognition to Pakistan,” ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang said.
This is not the first time China has backed Pakistan.
Back in August, China defended its ally and “all-weather friend” after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s “safe havens” for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to “harbor terrorists”.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying had said Pakistan was on the front line in the struggle against terrorism and had made “great sacrifices” and “important contributions” in the fight.
“We believe that the international community should fully recognize Pakistan’s anti-terrorism,” she told a daily news briefing.
“We are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carry out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and stability in the region and world.”
A 37-nation FATF plenary had held its first meeting on Pakistan in February where China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia opposed the United States-led move to place Pakistan on the watchlist. But the US pushed for an unprecedented second discussion on Pakistan, held on February 22.
Late Wednesday night, Pakistan was officially placed on the ‘grey list’, despite the country’s diplomatic efforts to avoid the designation.