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Fortunately for Japan, visiting Chinese tourists helped make up for a shortfall in consumption last year after its tax hike. But is this boost in tourism sustainable?
Are Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests a threat to society? To Beijing? And could they turn violent? Will they persist indefinitely? These are the kinds of questions that run through people’s minds. Whilst in Hong Kong recently, I took the chance to visit two protest sites in Hong Kong—Mongkok and Admiralty. I wanted to take a closer look for myself to see what was going on and what the impetus is behind the rallying cry for “universal suffrage.”
Roasted and salted seaweed, traditionally eaten with rice in Asia, has become a popular snack food outside of the region.
Over the last decade, China’s disposable income per capita increased more than threefold at a compound annual growth rate of 12.3%. With rising consumption power, China’s population is spending more on food and beverages, not only in greater quantities but also on higher quality products.
The Bank of Japan’s recent surprise expansion of its quantitative easing measures shook up markets and caught the attention of those who may have begun to doubt the central bank’s commitment to reflate the Japanese economy.
The recent spasm of U.S. dollar (USD) strength is more likely a symptom, less likely a cause, of several political and economic dislocations in today’s markets. But what does the dollar rally mean to investors of Asian equities and fixed income?
Earlier this fall, I attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, where companies from around the world came to showcase new products that utilize the latest in cutting edge manufacturing technologies, such as machine tools, robotics and various automation components. The biannual tradeshow is the largest of its kind in the world, a virtual theme park for manufacturing geeks.
As average incomes in China have risen, investment themes tied to rising tourism have also grown. In particular, international travel is increasingly appearing on the wish lists of Chinese consumers. Last year, China’s total outbound tourists reached about 97 million, and is expected to continue its strong growth.
It’s not every day that one achieves a feat requiring the precision of shooting a hole-in-one over a distance of 5,000 miles.
Twenty years ago, Paul Matthews decided to launch two Asia ex-Japan mutual funds in the U.S. and create what is today the Matthews Asia Funds.