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Obama's China Challenge

With President Obama scheduled to make his first presidential trip to Beijing this weekend, China Region Fund (MUTF:USCOX) co-manager Romeo Dator appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” today to discuss the U.S.-China relationship.

The other guest in the segment was former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, who stressed that the U.S. relationship isn’t the only one that’s important to China.

"[Obama] won’t be able to give them a public lecture. He’s going to find a more assertive, a more confident China. The only thing playing in our favor this time is that the whole of Asia is up in arms about the dollar.

Since the Chinese peg their currency to the dollar, it’s giving them a benefit versus the rest of Asia. The only real chance we have here is for Asia to convince China (to let the yuan appreciate)."

Romeo predicted that Asia on the whole will grow in importance for investors.

"I think going forward the Asian countries are going to show stronger growth than we’ll have here in the United States and as a result, that’s where money is going to flow. So I think [investors] need to make some sort of allocation toward these markets."

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