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Chinese Firms Are at the World Cup, but Not Chinese Fans

Added 11-22-22 03:34:03pm EST - “A soccer-loving nation is isolated from the global sport.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin capped a week of marathon diplomacy with China to tamp down escalation fears.

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As the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament kicks off, China is once again notable by its absence. Team China failed to qualify for the 22nd World Cup, extending its absence to 20 years since its sole appearance at the Japanese and South Korean co-hosted edition, when the team was knocked out in the group stage, losing all three games and failing to score a goal.

The showpiece will be held in the China Railway International Group-built Lusail Stadium, which appears on Qatar’s new 10-riyal bank note, and Chinese fans will be among the crowd: FIFA announced before the tournament that between 5,000 and 7,000 tickets had been sold to Chinese nationals. Beijing has sent two pandas—Jing Jing and Si Hai, renamed Suhail and Soraya for the occasion—to Qatar, the first Middle Eastern nation to receive Chinese giant pandas, while Chinese companies Hisense, Mengniu Dairy, Vivo, and Wanda are among the World Cup sponsors.

As the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament kicks off, China is once again notable by its absence. Team China failed to qualify for the 22nd World Cup, extending its absence to 20 years since its sole appearance at the Japanese and South Korean co-hosted edition, when the team was knocked out in the group stage, losing all three games and failing to score a goal.

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