China, a country of 1.4 billion, again misses World Cup


              FILE - China's head coach Li Tie, left, attends the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match between China and Vietnam at Sharjah stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
            
              FILE - Chinese players prepare for kick off the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match against Japan at Saitama Stadium 2002 in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
            
              FILE - Costa Rica's Mauricio Wright, top center, scores past China's goalkeeper Jiang Jin during their 2002 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Gwangju World Cup stadium in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday June 4, 2002 as China's Li Xiaopeng, bottom left, and Xu Yunlong look on. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
            
              FILE - Chinese soccer fans shout after their national team lost from Saudi Arabia during their match of the Asian zone group B qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at the King Abdullah sports city stadium, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, late Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
            
              FILE - A Chinese woman walks past a painting by Chinese An Hong entitled "The Good Chinese Feng Shui or geomancy", portraying the Chinese national soccer team coach Bora Milutinovic as a godlike figure surrounded by the Chinese players, during an exhibition of art works related to China's first ever entry into FIFA World Cup at the Millennium Monument in Beijing, Saturday, June 8, 2002. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
            
              FILE - China's Lei Wu celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match between China and Vietnam at Sharjah stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
            
              FILE - Chinese players celebrate after a goal during the World Cup 2022 qualifier between China and Saudi Arabia in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 24, 2022. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
            
              FILE - Chinese children pose with a replica of the World Cup trophy on the Great Wall of China at Jinshanling during an event to show their support for the Chinese national soccer team Saturday, May 25, 2002. China is missing out on the World Cup again despite spending millions — probably billions — to develop the game, a reported priority of Xi Jinping, the all-powerful general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.  (AP Photo/str, File)
China, a country of 1.4 billion, again misses World Cup