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China’s Cancer Villages

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By John Richardson

CHINA has as many as 400 “cancer villages”, with many of the cancer clusters being blamed on the chemicals industry.

Much of the nation’s countryside – the source of China’s food supply - is contaminated …

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China Economic Policies To Get Tougher

By John Richardson

THERE will, of course, be bright spots in petrochemicals markets as a result of factors independent of China’s new economic direction.

For example, as an aromatics trader points out, there are huge paraxylene (PX) capacity additions in …

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Xi Jingping’s Challenges

By John Richardson

XI Jinping, who formally became China’s president last week during the National People’s Congress meeting, faces enormous challenges.

Life is, for example, pretty grim for hundreds of millions of people in China.

Many have lost out on …

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Less Bling, Please

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By John Richardson

CHINA’S industrial output has had the weakest start to a year since 2009 and retail sales growth has slowed, according to this article from Bloomberg.

New local-currency loans for February were also …

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Innovation: No More Time Left To Lose

 

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By John Richardson

MY colleague Nigel Davis has written an excellent Insight article which highlights how some chemicals companies are seeking to respond to changing patterns.

As we have discussed before, Bayer Material Science …

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It Is Now Down To Seven Guys In A Room

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By John Richardson

The famous investor, Jim Chanos, warned three years years ago that the West places an inordinate amount of trust in “nine guys in a room” (i.e. China’s Politburo Standing Committee) getting it …

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We Told You So

By John Richardson

POLYETHYLENE (PE) prices in China fell by $5-10/tonne for the week ending 1 March, according to ICIS pricing.

“It is increasingly clear that Chinese growth will slow from the second quarter onwards and this will limit potential …

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China NPC Meeting: Quality Over Quantity

China’s National People’s Congress

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By John Richardson

The focus of next week’s National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting in China – the country’s annual “parliamentary” meeting – is likely to be on the quality rather …

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China’s New Credit Clampdown

By John Richardson

BEIJING is clearly getting worried that its politically motivated 2012 economic stimulus programme has damaged the economy.

“Just when the world had bought into a Chinese economic recovery, along comes the government throwing proverbial spanners in the …

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China Coal-To-Olefins Storm In A Teacup?

 

: Source: NRELC, China Coal Research Institute, HSBC estimates

 

By John Richardson

THERE has been a lot of interest in China’s coals-to-olefins (CTO) industry, with arguments that it is a very economically viable method of production.

On paper, there …

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