China downplayed reports on Friday that it supported India and other countries in the recent FATF Paris-Pakistan meeting against Pakistan that remained on the gray list.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at an online press conference in Beijing that the meeting of the Financial Action Task Force had decided to give Pakistan more time to implement its action plan to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.
"China's position on the issue remains unchanged. Pakistan has made tremendous efforts to improve its counter-terrorism funding system, which was recognized by the vast majority of FATF members at its last plenary session in Paris on February 20," he said ,
"The meeting decided to give Pakistan more time to continue implementing its action plan," said Geng a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China is ready to work with relevant parties to provide more support to Pakistan in its counter-terrorism efforts.
"China claims that the purpose and goal of the FATF is to support countries' efforts to strengthen institutions against money laundering and terrorist financing and to protect the international funding system," the spokesman said.
The Paris-based FATF, which oversees the effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, decided during the meeting to keep Pakistan on the "gray list".