China will meet Chinese Taipei in the final of the Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship in Saitama in Japan after each won their respective semi-finals today.
China won 23-14 over Australia in the first of the two last-four clashes today at the Saitama Memorial Gymnasium.
Chinese Taipei then proved far too strong for Hong Kong in a 37-10 success.
The two are due to meet in a final tomorrow which will have a political context due to the tensions between the two sides after fresh protests in Taiwan to abandon the name of Chinese Taipei in sporting events.
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Australia and Hong Kong will meet each other for third place in the tournament.
All four semi-finallists have qualified for next year's World Championships in South Africa.
They will be joined by Japan and New Zealand after each won playoff matches today.
Japan won 15-7 against Macau after New Zealand had thrashed South Korea 22-3.