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In this week's China sports industry round-up: Mengniu becomes fourth Chinese World Cup 2018 sponsor; Barnsley takeover has Chinese connection; and Man City plans Chinese soccer programme.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Wanda fights back for Wang Jianlin’s reputation; more trouble for Milan’s new Chinese owners; and LPGA’s new China event replaces Alisport deal.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Alibaba Cloud replaces Alibaba E-Auto as title of UAE-based event; Youth team leaves Germany following Tibet protest; and home fighters shine during UFC's Chinese debut

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Alibaba Cloud replaces Alibaba E-Auto as title of UAE-based event; Youth team leaves Germany following Tibet protest; and home fighters shine during UFC's Chinese debut

In this week's China sports industry round-up: New revelations raise concerns over Chinese ownership of AC Milan; Trump comments extend UCLA 3 saga; and German tour disrupted by Tibet protest

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Chinese golfer hits top spot; Alisports supports university sport; and Pac-12 China Game hits headlines for wrong reasons.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: CCTV signs Fifa rights renewal; New investment guidelines have $300m benchmark; and League of Legends showpiece leaves ticket-less fans disappointed.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Joe Tsai buys 49% stake in Brooklyn Nets for $2.3bn; PGA Tour China has repaired its relationship with the China Golf Association; and the Australian Football League (AFL) is to return to Shanghai next year for its second regular season overseas clash.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: President Xi Jinping tells Party Congress that efforts to build China's sporting strength will be accelerated, questions are raised about doping claims dating back to the 1980s, and Chinese basketball has been overhauled ahead of the new season.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Wanda-operated golf courses are closed ahead of China’s most important political event for five years, Marcus Kam takes leading role at AC Milan, and the government has issued a final deadline for the completion of 2022 Olympic venues.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Liverpool FC has drawn some unwanted criticism thanks to its sponsorship deal with Tibet Water Resources, Alibaba signs a distribution deal with the Pac-12 Conference through to 2024, and China is among nine nations to have received a one-year ban from the International Weightlifting Federation.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: The Chinese Grand Prix will continue until at least 2020 after a new deal was signed between organisers and Formula 1, while Chinese sportswear company Anta has become the latest sponsor of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Swiss watch manufacturer Tag Heuer is again partnering with the Chinese Basketball Association two years after their acrimonious split; the NHL will play at least five games in China in the next few years; and LeSports' founder has sold his remaining shares in the floundering company.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: The Alisports LPGA event in Shanghai has been cancelled after failing to receive local government approval, two of LeEco's subsidiaries have been officially blacklisted as defaulters by China’s highest court and the entire national boxing team has been disbanded after the latest allegations of favouritism.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Reports suggest regular La Liga games could be played in China from 2018-19, Fosun and Wanda both take steps to show that they are unaffected by recent tales of woe, and Chinese sportswear firm Peak signs major deal in Brazil.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Xia plans to pursue Aston Villa deal through an unlisted company, the MLB has signed a long-term extension to its partnership with the China Baseball Association and 2008 Olympics partner Yili is to return for 2022.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Wanda subsidiaries significantly lower on the stock market after reports of chairman's arrest; New Balance awarded damages after winning court case against three copycat brands; Reports suggest City Football Group (CFG), which owns Manchester City, will add to its six-club collective through an acquisition in China.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: How Southampton FC’s new owner Gao Jisheng was able to skirt capital controls; New ice hockey league aims to lift standards ahead of 2022 Olympics; Tencent Sports becomes NFL's exclusive live digital streaming media partner in China.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: China’s Gao family now owns majority stake in Southampton FC; Wanda and LeEco – two firms heavily invested in China’s sports industry – singled out for criticism; World Snooker has committed to a 10-year digital rights deal with Rigour Media.