President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Beijing on Aug 30, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]
President Xi Jinping announced the start of the basketball tournament Friday night at the opening ceremony, where his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, also appeared. Basketball has provided a common language that brought the two leaders closer together.
As an enthusiastic sports fan, Xi has promoted friendship and cooperation with other countries and international organizations through sports. Here are some of the best moments in Xi's sports diplomacy.