There are five ways to trade the economic growth of China. The first is trading the Shanghai Index using an ETF that tracks the Shanghai futures contract. The second is to use an ETF that tracks a selected group of Chinese stocks like the top 50. Some of these ETFs mix Hong Kong-listed red chips with mainland stocks. Others follow just mainland-listed stocks.

The third method is to invest directly in Chinese companies that are listed on exchanges outside of China. The fourth method is to invest directly in Chinese equities listed in Shanghai or Shenzhen using the Cross Connect facilities. Fifthly, the faint-hearted use indirect investment approaches, investing in companies which do business with China. Often these will also be foreign companies like Australian iron-ore miners, agricultural producers, or manufacturers of baby formula and vitamin supplements.

True to his performance over the past four years, US President Donald Trump has thrown a spanner into the works. This has disrupted two of the main methods of gaining investment exposure to China.

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