Nepal drawn along with Iraq, India and Palestine
An official draw for the tournament was held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Likewise, last year's runners-up Iran are scheduled to meet Kyrgyz Republic, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Bhutan in Group C.
Two-time champions and 2016 semi-finalists DPR Korea will face Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Macau and Brunei Darussalam in Group F, with Japan, who also reached last year’s semi-finals drawn in Group J, along with Singapore, Malaysia and Guam, the AFC said.
Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams will advance to the final stage of the tournament, along with the host Member Association, according to the AFC.