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Chinese team to play in German league

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China's Under 20 team is to be invited to compete in one of Germany's regional leagues.   Teams will be paid €15,000 compensation for each of the home games they play against the team.

This would seem to be further evidence of the march of globalisation in football.   It also reflects global power politics.   President Xi Jinping is to be in Berlin in early July when the scheme is to be presented to him.   

One way of pleasing the Chinese is to try to help them to achieve their ambition to become a global football power.   It is something that European countries can offer which is not available to President Trump.