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China's stock market rally gets extra push from foreign investors

Economic recovery and earnings growth lure traders despite US decoupling threat

The Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai. The number of stocks in which holdings through Stock Connect, which links Hong Kong and mainland China markets, exceeded 10% has more than doubled in the past year.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The rally in Chinese equities is getting a turbo boost from foreign investors in a sign that fear of financial decoupling between the U.S. and China has not reached stock markets.

The CSI-300 Index of the largest listed shares on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges has climbed 15.7% this year, only lagging the Nasdaq composite index among major global indexes. And the country's stock market capitalization is hovering at close to $10 trillion -- levels not seen since the 2015 crash that wiped out nearly half of its value.

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