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Asian Games reflects China's soft power: Zardari

world Updated: Nov 14, 2010 11:13 IST

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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari praised Guangzhou organisers for the ongoing Asian Games, saying the effort reflected China's soft power on the global stage, the state press said today.

"The Guangzhou Asian Games is a great demonstration of China's soft power to the world," Xinhua news agency cited Zardari as saying. "The opening ceremony of the Asian Games was very impressive.

This tells the world that China not only has growing economic power, but also (shows) the nation's culture, discipline and romance."

China is a strong ally of Pakistan and Islamabad draws heavily on Beijing for its defence and infrastructure needs.

Zardari, together with his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, attended Friday's opening ceremony and has urged on his nation's 237 athletes, the report said. He left China yesterday, it added.

Pakistan is hoping to get medal in sports such as hockey, squash, kabaddi, cricket, wrestling, sailing, snooker and boxing.

During his visit, Zardari met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and other officials, discussing bilateral ties and China's aid to Pakistan following severe flooding over the summer that left millions without adequate shelter.