As hosts of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Final Six for the second year running, world No.2 China will be getting a second chance at gold, after missing out in the inaugural edition last year when they lost to USA in the semifinals (though they did bounce back to claim bronze with a win over Brazil).
China are the reigning Olympic champions after picking up their third Olympic gold at Rio 2016 following triumphs at the Los Angeles 1984 and Athens 2004 Games. The Chinese team also won silver at the Atlanta 1996 Games and bronze at the Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008 Games.
They have also won two World Championship titles, in 1982 and 1986, though last year they finished third after beating the Netherlands in the bronze medal match. China also boast gold medals at four FIVB Volleyball World Cups, one FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, seven Asian Games and 13 Asian Championships.
China are one of only two teams, along with Japan, to have had competed in all 25 editions of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix. The team have only won the gold medal once, finishing undefeated in the 2003 edition, but have picked up five silver and three bronze medals.