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Matthews Asia: What does Putin’s invasion of Ukraine mean for China’s relationship with Russia, the US and Europe?

Andy Rothman, Matthews Asia

“China’s relations with the West are more important than its relations with Russia, especially in Europe,” says Dr Bobo Lo, independent analyst at the Russia/NIS Center think tank at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI). On invitation by Asia specialist Matthews Asia, he spoke in a webinar about the consequences the invasion of Ukraine have on China’s relationship with Russia, the US and Europe. Dr Lo, who was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Moscow and has met Valdimir Putin several times, was joined by Andy Rothman, investment strategist and China expert at Matthews Asia.

You can subscribe to the full recording of the conversation (57 minutes) between Dr Bobo Lo and Andy Rothman here („How Putin‘s invasion impacts China’s relations with the US and Europe“).

Matthews Asia: What’s the real meaning of Evergrande, Kaisa and Didi for investors in China?

Andrew Mattock, portfoliomanager at Matthews Asia

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the defaulted real estate developer Evergrande and other companies in the construction sector, as well as the Chinese government’s intervention in various industries, are increasingly worrying investors. However, drawing conclusions about the state of China’s economy as a whole from these individual cases falls short, says Andrew Mattock, portfolio manager at Asia specialist Matthews Asia.

In the following interview, Mattock, who is also lead manager of the Matthews China Fund, explains why the regulatory interventions are entirely consistent with China’s reform agenda and why – despite short-term volatility and challenges for certain sectors – China remains a long-term opportunity for investors, as he explains in his latest market comment: Evergrande, Didi and the Bigger China Story

Matthews Asia: What reflation, deflation and inflation mean for the markets in 2022

Looking ahead to the new year, Robert Horrocks, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Asia specialist Matthews Asia, ventures a prediction in favour of the traditionally weaker economies. He believes 2022 is likely to be a year of high inflation: “This generally helps the more vulnerable markets such as Eastern European countries, which have been dominated by the inflationary glow of a fairly moribund core Europe of France and Germany. Countries and regions like Vietnam and Southeast Asia, which have been chronically under-stimulated, should also benefit from China’s reflationary policies.” In his latest video market outlook (“Matthews Asia: CIO Outlook for 2022“) for 2022, Horrocks specifically addresses three areas: reflation of economies, inflation and deflation as long-term trends.

Matthews Asia: Three questions for China and its role for climate change

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China was at the centre of both criticism and the search for solutions during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) that ended yesterday in Scotland. The People’s Republic is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Kathlyn Collins, Head of ESG at Asia specialist Matthews Asia, examines in a recent Question and Answer why China’s role in climate change is so important and what the world’s most populous country has already achieved in terms of climate protection.

Matthews Asia: What ‘China Plus One’ means for the recovery of Indian equity markets

Fondsmanager Peeyush Mittal, Matthews Asia

Indian equity markets have proven to be quite resilient – despite the second Covid wave from late March to June, high equity valuations and above-average inflation. Peeyush Mittal of Asia expert Matthews Asia points this out in his latest market commentary („Matthews Asia Insights: What’s on the horizon for India’s markets?”) and explains which three reasons are mainly responsible for the equity recovery on the subcontinent in his view.

Matthews Asia: Evergrande’s difficulties are an idiosyncratic, not a systematic risk of China’s bond market

Teresa Kong, Matthews Asia

The plight of China’s largest property developer, China Evergrande Group, which appears to be struggling to service interest payments to two creditor banks, has not only caused turmoil in the bond markets. “Evergrande’s plight raises critical issues about investing anywhere in emerging markets, not just China,” says Teresa Kong, responsible for all fixed income strategies at Asia specialist Matthews Asia. The Evergrande saga therefore underlines the importance of conducting thorough due diligence on three aspects of good corporate governance when making bond investments, namely accounting, legal and regulatory requirements, she explains in her latest commentary.


Matthews Asia: “China’s regulation is doing just what the rest of the world is thinking about but hasn’t gone around to implement.”

Andy Rothman, Matthews Asia

The Chinese government’s intervention in the market for private education providers, as well as its intervention in the planned listings of ride-hailing giant Didi and Ant Group on US stock exchanges, have worried investors worldwide. Many now fear further regulation that could negatively impact listings of Chinese companies. Andy Rothman (pictured), investment strategist at Asia specialist Matthews Asia, and his colleague and Chief Investment Officer Robert Horrocks believe these concerns are only partially justified, as they explain in the following interview.

Read the full commentaries from Andy Rothman here and from Robert Horrocks here.


“GFC (not the ‘Global Financial Crisis’) Podcast” Episode 1 now live

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One of the few positive effects of the coronavirus crisis and lockdown during recent months was that I had more time to take up new things – like creating an editorial podcast (and you wouldn’t believe how much work goes into such a project – even if, like me, you worked in radio a long time ago)! My podcast, which will be published once a month, is mainly about the success and efforts of foreign financial service companies on the German market. The first episode of “GFC (not the ‘Global Financial Crisis’) Podcast” is now finished and can be listened to on Deezer and Spotify as well as on this website (it’s mainly in German, though).