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The Hedgehog And The Fox

By John Richardson

Are there more hedgehogs in the chemicals industry than foxes? This thought came to the blog after meetings with industry executives this week during its latest visit to Singapore.

Bear with us and we will, we promise, …

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Selling To The Base Of The Pyramid

By John Richardson

As the slide above slows, some four billion of the world’s population earn very low incomes indeed.

It would be tempting to give up trying to sell to these people, as, from a Western chemicals and polymers …

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Becoming A Chef In Indonesia

An Italian restaurant in Jakarta

 

By John Richardson

ELEVEN-year-old Nurafidah spends her mornings at school and her afternoons hunting for recyclable plastic, aluminium and glass in Jakarta’s giant rubbish dump – Bantar Gebang. She wants to grow up to …

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It Is Not A Question Of If, But Rather When

By John Richardson

IT is not a question if, but rather when Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang decide that enough is enough and get on with tackling China’s growing financial imbalances. That is if they don’t want the whole house …

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China PE Demand Increases Further

By John Richardson

THE great polyethylene (PE) mystery hunt continues.

As the chart above shows, China’s apparent PE demand (imports plus domestic production) grew by 14% in January-July 2013 compared with the same period in 2011, according to Global Trade …

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Analyse The Data And Listen To Li Keqiang

By John Richardson

IT IS important to look at long-term trends in China rather than be misled by a few positive sets of data. This is not pessimism, just realism.

Yesterday saw the release of very good August export data.  …

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Come On Mr Abbott, Please

By John Richardson

TONY Abbott, in his victory speech on Saturday following the Coalition victory in the Australian Federal Election, renewed his pledge to scrap the carbon tax, stop the boat people and bring the budget back into surplus.

Come …

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Every Time You Dip Your Toe In The Water…

By John Richardson

EVERY time you dip your toe in the water the political temperature in China can feel a little different.

For instance, in this article in the New York Times, published on 19 July, the newspaper wrote: “Communist …

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China’s Balancing Act: Reforming Land Rights And Hukou

Xi Jinping

 

By John Richardson

THE good health of China’s economy and the future of the Communist Party depend on giving farmers individual land-ownership rights and allowing equal rights for migrants in cities, an official from a leading Beijing-based …

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China: Realism Is Not The Same As Pessimism

By John Richardson

A CRUCIAL meeting takes place in China in November – the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee.

More commonly referred to as “the November plenum”, the outcomes of the meeting will …

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