India congratulates China for becoming vice chair of FATF

TWO DAYS after Beijing lifted its objection to put Pakistan in the grey listing at the Financial Action Task Force, India on 25 February 2018 congratulated China for becoming the vice chair of the global body, which is mandated to combat terror financing, and hoped Beijing would “uphold and support” the objective of the watchdog in a balanced and objective way.

This was possible after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale travelled to Beijing, and played a role in convincing the Chinese to stop objecting to the US proposal on placing Pakistan on the grey list. This came with India’s assurance to China that it will support Beijing’s leadership role in FATF. Congratulations to China on its election as Vice President of Financial Action Task Force at the #FATF plenary mtg. on 23 February 2018. We remain hopeful that China would uphold & support the objectives & standards of FATF in a balanced, objective, impartial & holistic way.

Kumar’s tweet was clear reflection of the understanding reached between Gokhale and the Chinese establishment that New Delhi will be supportive of Beijing’s role. It was also a display of Delhi expressing gratitude towards Beijing for its stance at FATF against Pakistan, perceived to be an all-weather ally. This also marks a beginning of what is being called a “more positive engagement” with China in the coming months, unlike the last one year or so.

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