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Without The Benefit Of Time

                                     Victorian Britain (Source of picture: Wikimedia)

 

By John Richardson

LIFE in China can be grim, much as it was in Britain during its industrial development.

In China, according to The Economist:…

A tenth of the country’s farmland is poisoned

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Crossing The River By Feeling The Stones

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By John Richardson

ANDREW Mackenzie, in his first speech in Australia as BHP Billiton’s new chief executive, said that global demand for commodities would grow by 75% over the next 15 years, driven by continuing urbanisation in …

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China PE Demand Boosted By New Environmental Clampdown On Recycling

By John Richardson

BACK in 2009, virgin polyolefins demand growth in China was boosted by a sharp drop in imports of recycled or scrap plastic resulting from tougher enforcement of environmental regulations.

Now another government crackdown on imports of scrap …

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China’s Sandwich Generation Revisited

By John Richardson

THE sandwich generation in China, those too rich to qualify for social housing but also too poor to pay for ridiculously-overpriced private accommodation in the first-tier cities, is becoming increasingly disillusioned.

“We are really tired of claims …

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Europe’s Rubbish Solution

 

By John Richardson

SHALE gas may never be a significant energy solution for Europe because the political challenges are just too great, as this article in the Financial Times points out.For example, the FT writes that:…

Fracking is banned

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At Least One Company Saw It Coming

By John Richardson

A MAJOR petrochemicals company two years ago predicted that real Chinese GDP growth, as opposed to the “man-made”  official numbers, would fall to 4% in 2013 and 2014, a source with that company told the blog.

This …

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More Great News On China

Pollution over eastern China

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By John Richardson

IT wasn’t the kind of news that China’s polyethylene (PE) traders wanted to reflect on over the weekend.

On Friday, China’s cabinet – the State Council – announced …

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Demographics And Shale Gas

By John Richardson

GLOBAL shale resources are large enough to cover more than a decade of oil consumption, writes the FT in this article, quoting the US Department of Energy.

And as my colleague Nigel Davis writes in this, as usual, excellent Insight …

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China’s Auto Sales Challenge

By John Richardson

THE assumption behind big investments in auto capacity in China – and in butadiene, synthetic rubber, polypropylene (PP) and other chemicals and polymer capacities linked to the auto industry – is that, eventually, Western levels of car …

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China Will Do What Suits China

By John Richardson

CHINA might well be in the midst of deflation caused by overcapacity in some chemicals, and in many other industries as well, but the longer-term strategic direction of reducing dependence on imports doesn’t appear to have changed.…

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