Written by Simon Chadwick Produced by Tifo Studios

Over recent years, football supporters in the Midlands will have noticed the steady march of Chinese investment into British football. Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion are both under Chinese ownership, and Birmingham City remain under the control of Trillion Trophy Asia, a holding company from Hong Kong.

Given the prevalence of foreign owners in the modern game, particularly in the Premier League, and China’s growing relevance within the sport, these are hardly remarkable developments.

Yet the political machinations of faceless officials in the committee rooms of government in Beijing are probably much closer to these clubs than supporters realise.

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