Mohsin Ali ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Sports Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani has said that China has emerged as a great sporting nation and it is evident from the consistently improving performance of the Chinese athletes in the multi-sport international events over the past two decades. In 2008, China became only the third country in Asia to host the Summer Olympics, after Japan and South Korea. Those games were a spectacular success and the world explored the new wonder of China, Jakhrani said here on Wednesday. He said, The 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou, were also a great success and the Pakistani athletes returned with the treasured memories of the hospitality, cordiality and brotherly support from the people of China. These games were very instrumental in bringing the nations of the largest continent of the world together and made them live in harmony and peace. He said that he had held meetings with Chinese sports authorities in Guangzhou during the Asian Games. Pakistan is interested in seeking coaching expertise from China because it provides the best coaches in indoor games and martial arts, he added. In past, we have hired Chinese coaches in different games. They helped us achieve excellence in sports. Pakistan is also interested in the import of Chinese sports equipments which are less in cost and qualitative as compared with the competitors, he further said. It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani during his visit to China in October 2009, asked for provision of Chinese table tennis and swimming coaches for preparing Pakistani teams for the 16th Asian Games and the Chinese authorities agreed to provide coaches. In addition to this the Ministry of Sports also requested for provision of Chinese coaches in athletics, badminton and sports sciences. In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign affairs is in liaison with Chinese Embassy. Since the services of Chinese coaches are still awaited, I hope soon it will be materialised. I have extended invitation to Chinese Sports Minister to visit Pakistan which will certainly result in strengthening of ties between the two nations, he said. The long-standing and time-tested ties between Pakistan & China have become natural phenomenon, he said and added, I have personally witnessed the home-crowd support to Pakistan from Chinese people during different fixtures in Asian Games which is ample testimony to this fact. The very support of Chinese people made Pakistani athletes to feel like playing in home country and this greatly helped Pakistan to secure medal in cricket, hockey, squash, wushu and snooker. Pakistan is providing coaching services to China in cricket. Cricket is fast becoming popular in China. He said that he was glad to see Chinese cricket team entering the international cricket arena during thr Asian Games. President Asif Ali Zardari has also nominated Javed Miandad as Cricket Ambassador to China. Cricket icon of Pakistan, Javed Miandad has been rendering valuable coaching and technical services to develop the cricket infrastructure in China.