Brazil’s Ronaldo vies for the ball with China’s Du Wei and Xu Yunlong at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Photo: AFP Brazil’s Ronaldo vies for the ball with China’s Du Wei and Xu Yunlong at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Photo: AFP
Brazil’s Ronaldo vies for the ball with China’s Du Wei and Xu Yunlong at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Photo: AFP
Jonathan White
Opinion

Opinion

Jonathan White

Party propaganda a strange tactic to realise Xi’s World Cup dream – even for Chinese football

  • In between the pool and karaoke sessions, Chinese Super League players and staff have been given lessons in CCP values during coronavirus bubble
  • Country has aim of being football superpower by 2050 but has only qualified for one Fifa World Cup in 2002

Brazil’s Ronaldo vies for the ball with China’s Du Wei and Xu Yunlong at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Photo: AFP Brazil’s Ronaldo vies for the ball with China’s Du Wei and Xu Yunlong at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Photo: AFP
Brazil’s Ronaldo vies for the ball with China’s Du Wei and Xu Yunlong at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Photo: AFP
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Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Jonathan White joined the Post in 2017 after a decade reporting on sport from China. He originally moved to Beijing to coach football in 2007 and later spent two years in Shanghai.