Xi Jinping cracks an unusually large grin as he watches the Germany-China under-12 match with his wife Peng Liyuan and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA Xi Jinping cracks an unusually large grin as he watches the Germany-China under-12 match with his wife Peng Liyuan and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA
Xi Jinping cracks an unusually large grin as he watches the Germany-China under-12 match with his wife Peng Liyuan and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA
James Porteous
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Germany’s football diplomacy delights beaming Xi Jinping as Chinese president and Angela Merkel watch kids’ match in Berlin

China’s president remains a massive football fan, but it seems clear that youth development and commitment to training, rather than sky-high transfer fees and foreign takeovers, is the way to his heart

Xi Jinping cracks an unusually large grin as he watches the Germany-China under-12 match with his wife Peng Liyuan and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA Xi Jinping cracks an unusually large grin as he watches the Germany-China under-12 match with his wife Peng Liyuan and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA
Xi Jinping cracks an unusually large grin as he watches the Germany-China under-12 match with his wife Peng Liyuan and German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: EPA
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James Porteous

James Porteous

James Porteous has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, covering events all over the world, from Olympics and Champions League finals right down to local amateur action. He writes a weekly column and brings you the latest news and interviews from sport in Hong Kong, China and beyond. Follow him on twitter @jamesporteous