|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 12, 2010. Zardari arrived in Guangzhou to attend the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
GUANGZHOU, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday pledged to give full support for Pakistan's reconstruction efforts after the devastating floods.
Wen made the remarks while meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, who is in the southern China city of Guangzhou to attend the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games slated for Friday evening.
China expressed its deep sympathy for flood-hit Pakistan and would do its best to provide help for Pakistan's post-disaster reconstruction, said Wen.
China has pledged a total of 250 million U.S. dollars to Pakistan after the floods hit the South Asian country and affected more than 20 million people.
Highlighting China-Pakistan traditional friendship and common strategic interests, Wen noted that any difficulty and challenge would not shake the resolve and confidence of the two countries to consolidate friendship and step up cooperation.
China would expand pragmatic cooperation with Pakistan to bring about tangible benefits to the Pakistani people and increase Pakistan's self-development capability, said Wen.
Zardari, on his sixth China visit since taking office in 2008, described China as the best and most reliable friend of Pakistan, and expressed his appreciation for China's assistance for the flood-affected country.
Zardari hoped the two countries could cement cooperation in areas like agriculture, irrigation and infrastructure and enhance coordination in international and regional affairs in a bid to safeguard interests of both countries.
Pakistani athletes will take part in 17 sports with hopes to win medals in hockey, squash and cricket. The 2010 Asian Games will see a record entry of 9,704 athletes from 45 Asian countries and regions.