By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Both sides were put into Group C in Tuesday's draw, alongside three-time winners Saudi Arabia and Southeast-Asian giants Indonesia, in what is likely to be the most evenly-contested group.
2011 semi-finalists Uzbekistan have been handed a relatively straightforward route to the finals, which will be held in Australia, after being drawn in Group E alongside UAE, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Thailand's bid to make the continental championship for the sixth time in their history will be tricky after they were pitted against three-time champions Iran, Kuwait and Lebanon.
Qatar, who will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, are up against Bahrain, Yemen and Malaysia in Group D, while Group A sees Jordan, Syria, Oman and Singapore face off.
Hosts Australia, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic and Korea DPR have all already qualified for the finals, while a fifth spot will be awarded to the winners of the 2014 AFF Challenge Cup.
Football Federation Chairman Frank Lowy said Australia was determined to deliver the best Asian Cup yet.
"This will be the largest football competition ever staged in our country," Lowy said.
"It will be a feast of international football, and we're confident that Australians will get behind all the 16 teams, as we have shown for other major events.
"We are working with five governments to deliver AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. Their support and expertise has been invaluable."
The tournament will be held from January 4 to 26 with matches in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Queensland.
2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying Draw (FIFA World Ranking) [Continental Ranking]
Group A: Jordan (78) , Syria (150) , Oman (95) , Singapore (162) 
Group B: Iran (58) , Kuwait (112) , Thailand (139) , Lebanon (109), 
Group C: Iraq (80) , China (85) , Saudi Arabia (113) , Indonesia (170) 
Group D: Qatar (101) , Bahrain (115) , Yemen (157) , Malaysia (162) 
Group E: Uzbekistan (70) , UAE (116) , Vietnam (140) , Hong Kong (160)