SINGAPORE (Mar 18): Prior to an IPO, a company does a road show. It tells one story to fund managers and a similar story to the media. Investors have to consider these narratives and seek out counter-narratives in an attempt to make a more informed decision. The truth, such as it might be, often lies somewhere between the two competing stories.

On a broader scale, investors are now being asked to make a choice between two narratives around China, China trade and China investment. It is useful to tease out and examine some of these claims because, on one side, they form a basis for policy positions that have an impact on investment choices.

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