China’s President Continues To “Drain The Swamp” In The Far East

Based on his moves since he became the President of the People’s Republic of China in 2013, Xi Jinping could be considered the original pre-Trump politician who take drastic measures to “drain the swamp.”

Upon taking leadership of the People’s Republic of China in 2013, Xi Jinping made it his mission to crack down on corrupt “flies” (rank-and-file party officials) and “tigers” (senior officials) who were suspected of lining their pockets with black money. Since Xi began to “drain the swamp,” courts have prosecuted more than 200,000 officials on corruption-related charges and disciplined hundreds of thousands more. His campaign, which has been wildly popular with the masses, hit Asian gaming capital Macau particularly hard. Before the crackdown, Macau, a special administrative region of China, was adding the equivalent of a Las Vegas Strip every year in revenue, according to the Wall Street Journal. More recently, Xi instructed senior officials to lead by example, warning them there were “no forbidden areas in intra-party supervision, and no exceptions.”

Macau's Gaming Revenue Took a Hit from Chinese Anti-Corruption Measures
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Chinese stocks have reacted well to Xi Jinping’s policies over the past year. The iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index ETF (NYSE:FXI) was trading at $36.63 per share on Thursday afternoon, down $0.04 (-0.11%). Year-to-date, FXI has gained 5.53%, versus a 1.75% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. FXI is also up 23.29% in the past twelve months.

FXI currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #1 of 32 ETFs in the China Equities ETFs category.

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