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NEW YORK ( ETF Expert) -- The bear has been ruthless to investors in Chinese companies. For example, from an early November 2010 multiyear peak to an October 2011 valley, the iShares FTSE China 25 Fund ( FXI - Get Report) plummeted 36.6%.

Since those Oct. 3 lows, however, several facets of the Chinese "story" have become more favorable. First, analysts worldwide began upgrading China stocks on historically low valuations. (Note: Price-to-earnings ratios for most China ETFs are less than 10.)

Next, Germany and France showed solidarity for recapitalizing European banks, easing concerns of a worldwide recession. Third, the state-run Central Huijin Investment company, a subsidiary of China's sovereign wealth fund, began purchasing shares in the four largest Chinese banks, demonstrating China's commitment to supporting its stock market(s).

And there's more.

Resource-related ETFs, and resource-rich countries that export to China, have outpaced the vast majority other stock ETFs since the first Monday in October. Also, the Chinese government is well aware that it is the primary driver of global growth. It follows that there is a high likelihood that China will end its year-and-a-half long fiscal and monetary tightening, and choose to be less restrictive (possibly stimulative) in 2012.

Add it all up ... and you may find yourself becoming increasingly bullish on China. If not directly, you can always consider nations that provide goods and services to China. I've often expressed optimism for iShares MSCI Australia ( EWA - Get Report) and iShares MSCI Malaysia ( EWM - Get Report).

Here, then, are the percentage gains off the bottom for eight of the most popular China ETFs:
China ETFs Trampoline off the Oct. 3 Bottom (Through Oct. 12)
Approx %
Guggenheim China Real Estate (TAO) 22.1%
Guggenheim China Small Cap (HAO) 19.3%
Guggenheim China All-Cap (YAO) 17.3%
SPDR S&P China (GXC) 17.2%
iShares FTSE China 25 15.3%
PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter China (PGJ) 15.2%
iShares FTSE Hong Kong Listed China Shares (FCHI) 13.6%
S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) 9.6%

In truth, it may still be premature for weary investors to shift into enthusiastic overdrive. China ETFs still haven't risen above respective 50-day trendlines.

Nevertheless, any sort of satisfactory bank recapitalization in Europe would likely bolster emerging market equities more so than domestic equities. Emergers have genuine GDP growth. Their corporations have the most attractive valuations. And the dollar would likely fall in value relative to the world's emerging currencies, providing an extra lift to the unhedged emerging-market ETF space.

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