Govt in effective control of situation within Pak: China

Last Updated: Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 17:58

Beijing: 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 role 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.

Taking exception to recent US arms sales to Taiwan and
President Barrack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, he said
"the United States should properly handle relevant sensitive
issues and work with the Chinese side to return the China-US
relationship to the track of stable development".

He said that the China-US relationship had a good
start after President Obama took office last year.

However, the US arms sales to Taiwan and US leaders`
meeting with the Dalai Lama "caused a serious disturbance to
the China-US ties and posed difficulty to the cooperation
between the two countries," he said.

"Such a situation is not in the interest of either
side, and the responsibility for the difficulty in Sino-US
relations does not lie with China," he said.

Yang said the China-Russia relation is one of the
priorities of China`s diplomacy and that there is much
potential in the practical cooperation and development for
both countries.

China and Russia signed a series of agreements on
energy, oil, natural gas, coal, power, nuclear and high-speed
railways last year, Yang said.

On the issue of China-Russia oil pipeline, he said it
is likely to be completed by the end of this year and the
project will enter into operation in 2011, Yang said.

On many major international and regional issues, China
and Russia share same or similar views and have close
communications, Yang said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 17:58

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