GUANGZHOU (China) (AFP) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari praised Guangzhou organisers for the ongoing Asian Games, saying the effort reflected Chinas soft power on the global stage, state press said Sunday. The Guangzhou Asian Games is a great demonstration of Chinas soft power to the world, Xinhua news agency cited the visiting 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 nations 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 Fridays opening ceremony and has urged on his nations 237 athletes, the report said. He departed China on Saturday, it added. Pakistan is hoping to 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 Chinas aid to Pakistan following severe flooding over the summer that left millions without adequate shelter.