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Among the posts this past week were items about whether the economy is in a recession and signs of a market topping process.

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10 Reasons I'm Looking at China

Originally published on Friday, May 9, at 7:18 a.m. EDT.

I plan to initiate a small starter position in FXI (long) this morning.

As is very well known, the Chinese stock market has performed poorly both in a relative and an absolute sense over the last five years.

Here is a chart that depicts the conspicuous difference in the performance of the iShares China Large-Cap ETF  (FXI) and the SPDR S&P  (SPY). 

There is no reason to rehash the multiple reasons for the weak performance of China's stock market, such as slowing domestic economic growth, a property bubble, opaque reporting/accounting, etc.

I have spent the last week researching potential opportunities in China and I have concluded that the almost universal (and consensus) hatred for the region's markets and skepticism of China's economic growth trajectory could resemble the consensus (and wrong-footed) short bond thesis that existed at the beginning of this year.

I am seriously considering a meaningful long position in this contrarian play (FXI) based on the following 10 observations and conclusions.

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