Describing the Olympics as an opportunity for both China and the world, Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday said the Games would help deepen mutual understanding, enhance friendship and allow people to rise above differences. At a banquet hosted in honour of international leaders attending the Olympics opening ceremony including Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Hu said there had never been a greater need for people in the world to understand, accommodate and cooperate with each other. "We should carry forward the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and peace, facilitate sincere exchanges among people of all countries deepen mutual understanding, enhance friendship and rise above differences and promote the building of a harmonious world featuring lasting peace and common prosperity," Hu said.