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In 2019 MSCI increased the inclusion ratio of China A shares from 5% to 20% in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Investors globally are now increasingly re-evaluating the appropriate allocation framework of their equity portfolios. China’s growing economic strength and improving market accessibility may transform the characteristics of the emerging-market asset class and its role in global portfolios.

In particular, the growing size of China within emerging markets portfolios raises a question for global investors whether to establish a dedicated China allocation or continue to incorporate China as a component of their emerging market allocation. MSCI is committed to providing a comprehensive suite of innovative product offerings and research-based solutions to help institutional investors navigate the opportunities and challenges.

China Indexes section


The MSCI China Indexes consist of a range of market capitalization weighted and alternative weighted indexes for the Chinese markets, intended for both domestic and international investors, including Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) licensees. The flagship MSCI China and MSCI China A indexes are calculated using transparent and innovative methodologies, with a strong emphasis on investability and replicability using stringent size and liquidity screens according to the MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes (GIMI) Methodology.

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MSCI China Thematic Indexes

MSCI China Thematic Indexes

MSCI has created a broad set of 20 China Thematic Indexes, that directly capture macroeconomic, technological and demographic trends that are expected to have a long-term impact on China's growth potential. They represent the performance of Chinese companies that benefit from the country's favorable policy environment, market reforms and investment in science, technology and innovation.

MSCI China Tech Indexes

MSCI China Tech Indexes

MSCI has created a set of China Tech Indexes, which offer investors access to the full China Tech growth story by capturing the ‘new economy’ companies that have first-mover advantage by leveraging technology. Our broad and holistic China approach on top of a sector-agnostic construction methodology provides investors with the tools to make better investment decisions.

Other China Indexes (Size, Sector, ESG, Factors)

Other China Indexes (Size, Sector, ESG, Factors)

MSCI China Indexes cover all China share classes through various index combinations, and are also available in large, mid and small cap size segments. Additionally, they are available in different style, sectors, as well as ESG and Factor investment strategies.

Index Licensing

Index Licensing

All MSCI China Indexes may be licensed for use by institutional investors around the world for portfolio management and benchmarking purposes. The indexes may also be licensed to serve as the basis of structured products and other index-linked investment vehicles such as ETFs. To view the complete list of products tracking MSCI indexes check our Index licensing page.

China A Inclusion

China A inclusion

In 2019, MSCI announced its decision to increase the weight of China A shares in the MSCI Indexes using a three-step inclusion process beginning with the May 2019 Semi-Annual Index Review. MSCI increased the inclusion factor of all China A Large Cap shares from 5% to 20% in the MSCI Indexes, notably in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and the MSCI ACWI Indexes. Additionally, it also added China A Mid Cap shares, including eligible ChiNext shares, with a 20% inclusion factor to the MSCI Indexes as part of the November 2019 Semi-Annual Index Review.

As part of the inclusion process, MSCI performed a number of extensive global consultations with many international institutional investors, including asset owners, asset managers, broker/dealers and other market participants worldwide since June 2014.

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Press Release (PDF, 254 KB) (opens in a new tab)

Further Weight Increase of China A Shares in the MSCI Indexes (PDF, 2.3 MB) (opens in a new tab)

Q&A on the Weight Increase of China A Shares in MSCI Indexes (PDF, 230 KB) (opens in a new tab)

Simulated Constituents of the MSCI China A Indexes (PDF, 122 KB) (opens in a new tab)

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