Why now is the time to reconsider China

China is changing. Its economic growth is increasingly driven by innovations and investment in technology, data and science. Its capital markets are developing with a similar energy, on their way to becoming an integrated part of the global financial system.

Now is the time to get ahead of the opportunities as an investor.

Innovation, transformation and investment: key drivers of China’s growth

Advanced-manufacturing sectors such as ecommerce, biotechnology and electric vehicles have the potential to add more value to China's economy than traditional manufacturing, and investment flows reflect this. China's leadership role in these areas ensures that it will no longer be seen as a country that imitates others’ success.

What will the “China of the future” look like?

Some of China’s most significant transformational efforts include the success of domestic brands, a growing emphasis on sustainability and a commitment to leadership in advanced technologies. Supported by investments in R&D and infrastructure, these transformations are set to change the face of the Chinese economy over the coming decades.

  • Improvement in product quality is boosting dominance of local brands
  • In 2010, only 10% of smartphones sold in China were domestic brands; now it's close to 90%1

  • China plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 (and peak CO2 before 2030)
  • China has been the largest investor in renewable energy over the last decade2

  • Healthcare: drug development is surging; China is the world's largest genetic databank3
  • Cryptocurrencies: watch out for the first truly digital currency in a major global economy

How can China help diversify your investments?

Icon: directions China’s markets have historically exhibited low correlations to other major markets – meaning they frequently move in different directions. This means investing in China could potentially bring diversification benefits.

Icon:chart Equities are available in a range of exchanges – from Shenzhen and Hong Kong listings to the Nasdaq-like STAR market.

Icon: coins Bonds can be accessed in onshore and offshore markets, and denominated in US or Chinese currencies, to help achieve a range of diversification objectives.

Our China expertise is deep and broad

In many ways a unique market, China is still unfamiliar to many investors. Partnering with someone who understands this dynamic region is critical. At Allianz Global Investors, we have a wealth of research capabilities across our investment platform, including proprietary insights from our Grassroots Research® team, with correspondents in China and across Asia.

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Join us on this journey with the views of our China equity team and their on-the-ground assessments of this continuously evolving story.


Discover our investable themes

Navigating Rates

Navigating Rates

A dynamic approach is required as investors adapt to shifting interest rates, inflation expectations and exchange rates. Volatility will likely persist: while we expect monetary policy to become gradually less restrictive than in recent times, higher rates will likely uncover weak points as industries feel the impact of elevated borrowing costs. Visibility of how markets will develop remains limited, even in the short term, and expectations could be upended. But we are confident this environment also creates opportunities.
Diversification is key – across public and private markets – and we have the ideas and expertise to navigate the complexity.

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Embracing Disruption

Embracing Disruption

We think it’s time to recast traditional definitions of “disruption”. Once a story for the tech sector, disruption is now all-encompassing as artificial intelligence and other transformative technologies are used widely.
While technology may be driving many of the changes, this new wave of disruption could shape many aspects of our daily lives. There are also geopolitical shifts to watch as China becomes preeminent in high-tech industries like electric cars and India positions itself as an emerging power.
The implications of this new age of disruption will be profound and exponential, and together we can embrace the opportunities.

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Achieving Sustainability

Achieving Sustainability

Sustainable investing is evolving rapidly. Increased flows rightly come with increased expectations of measurability and impact. The industry is on a journey: from a focus on ESG-led risk management to purposeful sustainability solutions and ultimately to impact investing strategies that contribute to measurable environmental or social benefits.
We believe this direction of travel towards real-world change will be the long-term trend of the decade. With a considered approach to achieving sustainable outcomes, we are alongside you at the different stages of your journey, whatever your ambitions.

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Interpreting China

Transforming Infrastructure

Infrastructure is key for the development and smooth running of economies and societies, but much of the infrastructure needed tomorrow does not exist today. Private capital can play a crucial role in funding essential projects as huge investments are needed, especially for the transition to greener energy.
Investors have many ways to enter this complex asset class and can pick their spot in the capital structure and the region or duration of the investment.
With our expertise and market access we are working with investors today to transform the infrastructure of tomorrow.

  • What will the "China of the future" look like?
    1. Source: Chinese Academy of Information and Communication Technology, data cited in Aroged, July 2021.
    2. Source: Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019, United Nations Environment Programme, September 2019.
    3. Source: Building of the World’s Largest DNA Database: The China Case, Ausma Bernot, December 2020.

    How can China help diversify your investments?
    Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against losses.

    Infograph: Allianz Global Investors’ China expertise
    Source: Allianz Global Investors. Assets under management data as at 30 April 2022.

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