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

By Dian Vujovich • Jun 1, 2004

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

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

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