China to help Russia hold 2018 FIFA World Cup
"It doesn't depend on whether China participates in the finals or not, we will help Russia hold the championships," Xi Jinping said.
After the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Russia received the right to hold the next FIFA World Cup in 2018. A symbolic handover ceremony was attended by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, the Head of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), Joseph Blatter and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held from June 8 to July 8 in 11 of Russia's cities.