Xi's soccer diplomacy and his World Cup dreams

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-06-16 06:30

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has kicked off in Russia on Thursday. As an avowed soccer fan, President Xi Jinping has said he has three World Cup dreams for China: to participate once again in the World Cup finals, to host the World Cup finals and to be World Cup winners. China last qualified for the final stages in 2002. Here's a look at Xi's soccer diplomacy.

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July 5, 2017

President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel watch a friendly soccer match between Chinese and German youth teams in Berlin.

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