BEIJING (Reuters) - President Asif Ali Zardari backed Chinas policies in its tense Xinjiang region ahead of his latest visit to the giant neighbour, he has wooed as a strategic and economic counterweight to the West, Chinese state media said. Zardari arrived in China on Friday for his fourth visit since taking office last year, underscoring his governments hopes that Beijing can help shore up Pakistans economic and diplomatic standing. In comments to Chinas official Xinhua news agency, Zardari endorsed Chinas policies in its far western Xinjiang region, where Muslim Uighurs rioted against Han Chinese residents in the regional capital Urumqi last month, killing at least 197 people, mostly Han. Zardari emphatically supported Chinas policies, saying, We are glad that the situation in Urumuqi has been brought under control. We believe that Chinas policy of social harmony and development is producing great results for all Chinese people, it quoted Zardari as telling Chinese journalists before his departure from Islamabad. China is Pakistans all-weather and time-tested friend. We greatly value our cherished friendship, said Zardari. On bilateral relations with China, Zardari said both the countries enjoyed excellent relations, which had evolved into a multi-faceted and strategic cooperative partnership. In a message to the Chinese nation, which would mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their country on October 1, he said the people of Pakistan feel proud on its achievements and appreciate it. Talking about his motive behind the visit, he said he wanted to learn more from China and to transforming Pakistan into a developed country in a similar fashion. President Asif Ali Zardari said the extremists in the country had been defeated and dissipated but the military operation would continue till the government writ fully was restored. The President said IDPs were being resettled as social and administrative infrastructure had been restored and the normalcy was returning in Swat, Malakand and Buner, while development process had also been initiated. Schools and hospitals had started functioning in the areas and utilities had been restored, he added. However, he observed Army would remain present in the area to assist the civil authorities to eliminate the pockets of resistance. President Zardari made clear that the national leadership, the security institutions and people were united to fight militancy and eliminate extremism from all parts of the country. It is a fight for the survival and we must win it, he added. Talking about the countrys economy, Zardari said it had significantly lost growth momentum and the real GDP grew by modest two per cent in 2008-09 on the back of strong performance of the agriculture sector. But he said, this modest growth seems to be satisfactory when viewed in the backdrop that the domestic environment was affected by the intensification of war on terror and volatile security situation while external environment was affected by the deepening of the global financial crisis, which penetrated into domestic markets through the route of substantial decline in Pakistans exports and a visible slowdown in foreign direct inflows. He pledged that the focus of the government policies was to revive economic growth in a stable environment. Talking about his vision of Pakistan, President Zardari said, Pakistan has a great future and national economy will be developed soon. About the presidential elections in Afghanistan and the cooperation between the two neighbours in war on terror, Zardari said it was Afghan peoples choice as far as who was going to be their new president. Pakistan and Afghanistan were already cooperating on war on terror and both the neighbours had many bilateral and trilateral meetings with each other, he added. Zardari said there was much more trust between both the countries for setting up special centres on the border. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari arrived Friday on the first leg of his visit to Zhejiang province that will also take him to other industrial hub Guangdong province, to further foster bilateral economic and trade ties. The vice governor Zhejiang, Pakistans Ambassador to China Masood Khan, the Chinese Ambassador in Islamabad Lou Zhaohui and other senior officials received the President at the airport. The visit is significant as it is a part of his commitment to visit China after every three months and to search avenues for cooperation in economy and enhance trade ties, Pakistans Ambassador to China Masood Khan told APP. He said, An MoU will be signed for a mega power project of Bunji Dam in Northern Areas which will generate 4,000 Mega Watts of electricity. President Zardaris visit is aimed at boosting the multi-dimensional ties between the two countries with particular emphasis on reviewing progress in the dozens of new developmental initiatives undertaken during the last one year. The two provinces are considered centre of industry in China and their trade volume with Pakistan is over three billion dollars. The economies of these two is bigger than some of the European countries. Pakistan, which at present is facing power crisis, will also seek cooperation in small and medium sized dams, high efficiency irrigation, agriculture and water conservancy. The other areas of cooperation that Pakistan is looking for is in communication and alternative energy sectors, for which China is renowned world over. A number of Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) will be signed during the visit in the fields of fisheries, communication, trade, education and health. President Zardari will also attend two forums on trade and investment, as for the first time ever Pakistans Board of Investment (BoI) and China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) will have talks on promoting investment in Pakistan. Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said it was President Zardaris fourth visit to China and over the last year, 50 new initiatives had been undertaken and 30 MoUs signed between the two countries. Babar said President Zardari was keen on starting the Thar Coal Project with Chinese assistance for meeting the future energy challenges, while Chinese were also expected to help in development of solar energy. He says the new economic initiatives launched during the last one year also include building hydro dams, transfer of hybrid technology, expanding banking operations, roads and communication networks while cooperation in agriculture focuses on optimum utilisation of irrigation water and development of new high yielding varieties of wheat and cotton.