China will outpace its fellow Asian countries and be the region’s fastest-growing economy in 2004, according to survey results just announced.

The poll of fund managers had China listed as either the fastest- or second-fastest growing Asian economy on 99% of the response sheets, while Thailand and India finished second and third, respectively, the Financial Times reports.

A 10% increase in both the Nikkei 225 average and Hang Seng Index was expected by 80% of respondents. Thirty countries attended the CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong, where the Financial Times conducted the poll, and a majority of those responding said they thought Japan’s economy would recover in 2004.

Interestingly, 25% said the biggest risk to Asian equities next year was the threat of a SARS occurrence, while 67% said U.S. economy imbalances would be the key hindrance. Hong Kong, 58% of the investors said, would be Asia’s best performing stock market, followed by India and Taiwan.

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