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Indonesia’s Jokowi: Poverty Alleviation The Key

By John Richardson

INDONESIA’S new president seems like a breath of fresh air because he is outside the establishment and has portrayed himself as a man of the people.

But one of Joko Widodo’s problems is that the establishment isn’t …

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China’s “Whack-A-Mole” To Accelerate

By John Richardson

Mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) is the latest petrochemicals product to be caught up in real estate-linked collateral trading, an industry observer recently told the blog.

“To some extent, MEG has been bought not for real demand, but instead …

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China Going To Plan: Credit Up Just 4%

By John Richardson

TOTAL social financing (TSF) in China increased by just 4% in H1 of this year over the same period in 2013, according to official government figures (TSF is the measure of total new credit issued in China, …

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China Still A Long Way From Solving Its Demographic Crisis

SO much for a new demographic dividend, as we warned last November when China announced that it had relaxed its one-child policy.

If you recall, Beijing decided that couples would be allowed to have two children if just one of …

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China Peak Manufacturing Season Disappoints

By John Richardson

THE chemicals industry, because it supplies so many downstream manufacturing industries, is an excellent early indicator when something is going right or wrong with an economy.

Take note, therefore, of the July Volume Proxy, which was published …

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China’s Q2 GDP Number Is Irrelevant

By John Richardson

CHINA is due to release its second-quarter GDP growth number today (Wednesday) and so the analytical frenzy is already well under way.

For example,  AFP writes in this article: “Chinese growth failed to accelerate in the second …

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India’s Budget: The Toilet Test

By John Richardson

IT was fantastic news to hear that Narendra Modi, in his first budget as Prime Minister, has repeated his pledge of ensuring that every Indian has access to a toilet by 2019.

But will he follow through …

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China: How Conventional Wisdom Becomes Conventional Wisdom

By John Richardson

HOW does  conventional wisdom – i.e. the opinion of the majority – become conventional wisdom?

This is a subject that the blog pondered over the last few days as it wandered around Euro Disney. Unfortunately, Mickey, Donald …

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China: Half Of All Loans Collateralised By Land, Real Estate

By John Richardson

BEN Bernanke, who as at that time chairman of the Fed, warned in July 2007 that the cost of the US sub-prime crisis would amount to $100bn.

To be honest, we struggled to find a final estimate …

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China Coal-To-Olefins: Water Not An Issue

By John Richardson

CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that the water issue stands in the way of the growth of the coal-to-olefins (CTO) industry in China.

The process consumes a lot of water  – between 15-20 tonnes for every tonne of …

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