Premiership points are up for grabs in Shanghai and Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley wants it to stay that the way as the AFL considers the annual fixture's format.
The Power will look to back up last year's 72-point drubbing of Gold Coast when they play the Suns on Saturday at Jiangwan Stadium.
Officials are expecting a sellout with about 11,000 fans - comprising roughly half Chinese locals - set to attend.
A record television audience for an AFL match is also expected with the game to be broadcast on free-to-air stations in three major Chinese cities.
The lead-up to this year's game has been much smoother than that of 2017 and both clubs have expressed happiness with their travel arrangements and the match venue's surface.
But the future of the fixture remains uncertain amid concerns about whether there is sufficient interest among the Chinese in watching a two-and-a-half hour game most are unfamiliar with.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan earlier this year said there was a chance the new AFLX format could replace full matches being played in China.
The league's general manager for China and India, David Stevenson, on Thursday said it remained the AFL's preference for games to be played for premiership points.
Hinkley also weighed in on the debate, throwing his support behind retaining the current format.
"We'd love to keep it the way it is and grow on it," he told reporters. "That's the important part.
"Our club have made no secret about making this a significant event for a period of time and we'd like to think that last year was a good start.
"This year will be even better; the game will be a cracking game and we'll get to come back for the next few years hopefully."
Port chief executive Keith Thomas has flagged that the Power could eventually look at playing back-to-back premiership games in Shanghai and Hinkley said he was confident players would handle such a demand.
The AFL will review the game in China later this year but Stephenson indicated the Suns would retain first right of refusal to play against the Power.
"Like we do with any major event, we'll review it after the game and then evaluate what do we better for next time," he said.
"We'll have a chat with both clubs, we'll have a chat with all the government agencies and review, and then determine before October what that fixture looks like for next year.
"But certainly strong support from Port Adelaide and Gold Coast have played such a key role.
"We'll have those conversations first before (involving) any other clubs."