China, the land of communism, the land of shady stuff, the land of... well, the scapegoat land actually! Yup, China nowadays is used as a scapegoat for almost everything, especially by US President Donald Trump and the western media. "If something happens, blame it on china" should be their motto. But is it that concerning? What if I told you it isn't concerning... China isn't even communist anymore. China nowadays is more capitalist than America.
After World War 2 China struggled, a lot, a large portion of Chinese people were poor, starving, but this has all changed, especially in the last decades! China is one of the biggest economies right now. China did in a few decades what took the British almost a century, China industrialized a large portion of the country and is now the tech center of the world in terms of hardware and software.
Both Pudong and Shenzen went from being small towns in 1980 with Blacksmiths throughout the streets pounding metal day in day out, to being major cities with millions of people, giant building, incredible tech, and really fast development the likes humankind has never before seen.
China was able to go from low levels of urbanization in 1980 where most of the population lived in small towns, to high levels of urbanization where 50% of the population lives in cities, and this number is supposed to grow to 75% in the near future. With this, hundreds of millions of people rose out of poverty, rose out of bad education, bad healthcare, bad infrastructures with no electricity, they rose to state of the art infrastructures.
Shenzen is now the capital of hardware, having some of the biggest companies there, Tencent, Alibaba, BYD, Dij, Huawei, Baidu, Taobao, etc...
Having an authoritarian capitalistic regime enables China to develop much faster than the rest of the world, there are no bureaucracies, they do what they need to do as fast as they can, no changing regime and changing ideas every couple of years, China does 10, 20, 100 years plans!
China doesn't use cash, they are far ahead of the rest of world, they all use WeChat, Alipay and other such apps on their cellphones that allow them to pay for anything by simply scanning a QR code! This is putting pickpockets out of business.
China has employersless stores, giant automated car selling stores, a wide network of Bullet Trains, giant river boat elevators, giant powerplants, giant hydro plants and solar farms, everything in China is connected through face recognition, you walk into the restaurant the machine scans your face, detects who you are, you eat and in the end the machine sends you the bill directly to your app.
Made in China is changing fast, the days where "Made In China" meant bad quality products are over! Made in China is turning into high-quality products.
And let's not even talk about the "One Belt, One Road initiative", an initiative that aims to bring back a modernized Silk Road, connecting China with Europe, growing both economies stronger in the process. While the US is isolating itself with walls, bombs and drones all over the place "ma gunz, amurica" , China is building roads to other countries and improving relations. A lot has changed since the days where the US built roads and China built Walls...
And this is why some of the biggest names in the investment world are looking towards China! Because China does in 5 years what the rest of the world does in 30 or 40 years. Because China is an untapped giant market with undervalued stocks all over, they are, at the current moment, the biggest e-commerce consumers in the world!
Warren Buffet, Charlie Munger, the Gates, and many hedge fund managers are looking at china, big money has been and will move into China, in my honest opinion, investing in China is probably one of the biggest opportunities of our life-time! Don't let the western media influence and push you around, don't let what scared/lying presidents say scare you away of a possible ginormous ROI. Follow the money...
But how and where to invest in China? Well... now this is a hard one. I'm mainly into cryptocurrencies at the moment, so I mostly know about cryptocurrencies and not the stock market.In crypto, there are some good well known Chinese focused cryptos.
It's so hard to find free-source specific crypto images
IOST is one of them, I would call them the EOS of china but more decentralized, IOST even got an investment from Sequoia, one of the most known investing companies in the world, a company that invested in Paypal, Nvidea, Atari, etc... IOST allows for staking, so it allows for passive income.
This is my pearl, between all the altcoins, VeChain is my main investment. Vechain is a supply chain focused blockchain even though it is going to do more non-supply chain things, it is already working in many Walmarts in China and has ties with BYD, BMW, DNV GL, PwC, Deloitte, etc...
HPB is a low cap coin, but it has legs to walk, run, sprint on. It has ties with Union Pay Smart a company that handles 80% of China's transaction and is very near to deploying a UnionPay dapp on its chain, not only this but it has ties with many game companies that want to use the blockchain to deploy in-game items.
There are other Chinese cryptos like NEO, ONT, MatrixAI, NULS, but I don't know enough about them.
I'm not that well knowledged about how to invest in Chinese stocks, and since I'm not intending to go that route(yet) I haven't done enough research to formulate a good opinion, but I've heard good things about KraneShares, it seems they are an investment firm that connects westerns with the Chinese market, having many stock products for sale, they can probably help out with diversified investment plan in China.
I would go for dividend stocks, real estate and a small portion in startups and small businesses, more risk but also more reward.
If you are interested in China, you should watch this youtube clip:
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