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Looking East

A tight focus on China's emerging markets keeps this fund in the black.

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This story appears in the June 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You don't need a fortune cookie to tell you that investing in can pay off-last year's fund performance numbers can do that. The average China Region fund was up over 63 percent in 2003. But even Confucius knows it takes more than luck to make money.

Ask Mark Headley, a co-manager of the Matthews China Fund (MCHFX) portfolio, what sets this fund apart from other China Region funds, and he'll say it's the fund's focus on China rather than the entire region. "We've always had a focus on companies that, if they are not purely Chinese, are Hong Kong ones with strong interests in China," he says. That philosophy has paid off: For the three- and five-year periods ending March 31, the Matthews China Fund has ranked top in its category, according to Lipper.

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