ISLAMABAD - President Asif Zardari will be in Guangzhou (Capital of Guangdong Province), from 11 to 13 November 2010 to attend the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games. This will be his sixth visit to China since assuming office, and his second visit to Guangzhou, the earlier being in August 2009. A press note issued from Foreign Office on Wednesday stated that Pakistan and China enjoy a strategic partnership based on mutual respect and mutual trust. Strengthening of cooperation with China is one of the key principles guiding Pakistans foreign policy. This relationship continues to play an important role in Pakistans economic development. The invitation to the President by the Chinese leadership to attend the opening ceremony is reflective of our deep and close bilateral ties. Further the President, besides attending the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games, will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese government and business leaders. He will also attend the Pakistan-China Economic Reconstruction Forum co-hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Guangdong Province. The President would also interact with local print and electronic media during his stay in Guangzhou. This is the second time China is hosting the Asian games (it had hosted the 11th Asian Games in Beijing in 1990). From Pakistan, a 168-member contingent is participating in the 16th Asian Games. Pakistani players and athletes will take part in 17 sports disciplines including baseball, billiards & snooker, boxing, hockey, judo, kabaddi, karate, sailing, squash, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, wushu, tennis, football and cricket (men and women). Pakistan and China share complete convergence of views on regional and global issues, and both countries are exploring new avenues of economic collaboration. The Presidents visit will be another important step forward in the ever-growing friendship between the two countries. The visit will provide an opportunity to reaffirm the immense importance that Pakistan attaches to its relations with China. It will also provide an opportunity for enhancing trade and investment relations with Guangdong.