China will earn promotion to the Division IIA World Championships in 2016 after a stellar performance at the Division IIB event this past week.
The gold came just before their final game against the hosts from South Africa, who were in their own fight against Israel to stay alive. It was an impressive result for the Chinese, who after two straight fourth place finishes, can now move up to Group A for the first time since the IIHF started using split divisions.
30-year-old Xijun Cui was the top offensive player for the Chinese, scoring eight points in his first four games. Cui, who plays with Qiqihar in the Chinese league, was participating in his first ever World Championship event and first international tournaments since the Division II World Juniors, scoring five points in five games back in 2004.
Regardless of what happens in their final game against South Africa, China will most likely replace Australia in the Division IIA championships next year after a lackluster performance from the team down under.
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