Group IAsia/Oceania1st Round
China host New Zealand in this Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round battle, which has been moved to take place on 27-29 January owing to the previous dates clashing with Chinese New Year.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two nations, with New Zealand holding a healthy 5-1 lead. However, China won the last meeting between the two, defeating New Zealand 3-2 in 2008.
China easily overcame Chinese Taipei in their Zone Group I relegation play-off in April. Ze Zhang and Di Wu each won two singles rubbers while China also won the doubles rubber to seal a comfortable 5-0 whitewash.
New Zealand earned promotion to Zone Group I after a thrilling victory over Philippines in September. Three of the five rubbers went to deciding fifth sets and Michael Venus came from two sets down to defeat Treat Huey in the deciding fifth rubber.