China on Sunday underlined its determination to deepen the "all weather relations" with its key ally Pakistan and said Islamabad was in effective control of the situation in the country amid rise in Islamist militancy.
The government of Pakistan was in effective control of the situation, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in response to a question on the volatile situation in the country as well as in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Interacting with media persons, he stressed that the two allies will continue to expand practical means of cooperation.
On Afghanistan, Yang said China would continue to extend non-military support to Kabul to rebuild the war-ravaged country with focus on building hospitals, water conservancy and other welfare projects.
He said the prevailing impression among several countries was that the military means alone will not solve the problems in Afghanistan and the UN Security Council should play more roles in shaping events in that country, he said.
On the friction between US and China, Yang said Washington should respect China's core interests and major concerns by taking credible steps to end the tension.