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Andy Rothman

Investment Strategist, Matthews Asia

On-Demand Session 6: The Changing Dynamics of China and Emerging Markets Investing


As the only major economy with positive growth in 2020 according to the International Monetary Fund, IMF, China is leading the way to a post-pandemic recovery. Home to some of the world’s largest equity and bond markets, Greater China now accounts for 53% of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and continues to rise in importance within global portfolios, resulting from increasing China A-share inclusion in MSCI indices and vibrant IPO offerings. While global growth is slowing, many investors remain underexposed to the world’s second largest economy. Traditionally, investors have accessed China through global emerging markets or pan-Asian investment strategies; however, investors may want to consider a dedicated China allocation instead.

In this session, Matthews Asia Investment Strategist Andy Rothman and Portfolio Managers Winnie Chwang and John Paul Lech explore the reasons they believe investors should gain exposure to China and share their thoughts on:

  • The state of China’s economic recovery and outlook

  • U.S.-China relations under the Biden administration

  • Investment trends and sectors for growth prospects

  • Optimizing your China allocation through a broader emerging markets strategy or an all-China investment approach


Andy Rothman is an investment strategist at Matthews Asia. He is principally responsible for developing research focused on China’s ongoing economic and political developments while also complementing the broader investment team with in-depth analysis on Asia. In addition, Rothman plays a key role in communicating to clients and the media the firm’s perspectives and latest insights into China and the greater Asia region. Prior to joining Matthews Asia in 2014, Rothman spent 14 years as CLSA’s China macroeconomic strategist, where he conducted analysis into China and delivered his insights to their clients. Previously, Rothman spent 17 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, with a diplomatic career focused on China, including as head of the macroeconomics and domestic policy office of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In total, Rothman has lived and worked in China for more than 20 years. He earned an MA in public administration from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a BA from Colgate University. He is a proficient Mandarin speaker.