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China officially bids for 2023 Asian Cup

AFP  |  Shanghai 

has formally submitted a bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup, said, another sign of the country's determination to eventually stage a

has hosted the Asian Cup once before, in 2004, but its latest attempt is significant because of Xi Jinping's stated desire for the country to hold a

tournaments for 2030 or 2034 have regularly been mooted as the most likely that will go for.

Staging the 2023 Asian Cup would help prepare China for a World Cup, but it faces stiff competition from

Having the Asian Cup again on Chinese soil will "promote the popularisation and development of football" in the country, agency said.

China reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in the UAE at the start of this year, before going down 3-0 to

was named Marcello Lippi's successor as on Friday.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 09:45 IST