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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets FIFA's Gianni Infantino

AP  |  Beijing 

Chinese President Xi Jinping today with FIFA president Gianni Infantino amid speculation that could be planning to bid for a future World Cup.

Xi and Infantino at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of China's legislature in the heart of

The meeting comes as indications are growing that could bid to host the World Cup either in 2030 or 2034 under a plan launched by Xi's administration to obtain international soccer success.

Along with a massive expansion in the numbers of academies, fields and coaches, Xi's drive aims to turn China's perpetually underperforming team into a World Cup winner by 2050.

has appeared in one World Cup, in 2002, and drew 2 -2 with Syria on Tuesday in a qualifying match.

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 17:57 IST