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Why Getting It Wrong Really, Really Matters Today

By John Richardson

It is never easy to admit you are wrong because of the loss of “face” (and for me “face” is just as much an issue in the West as it is in Asia. It just presents itself …

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Just “Black Swans” That We Can’t Predict? Nonsense

By John Richardson

HERE is a list of just a few recent what were are told were “Black Swan” events:…

The Lehman Bros-triggered global financial crisis.
China’s 2008-2013 economic stimulus package.
Last year’s collapse in oil prices.
China’s economic and

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Do Business On China’s Terms Or Do No Business At All

By John Richardson

THE above slide summarises where I think the future opportunities will lie for overseas polyolefins producers in the key China market.  This is taken from my  recent speech at the ICIS 4th World Polyolefins  Conference in Amsterdam.…

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IMF New Study Highlights Critical Role Of Demographics

By John Richardson

IT is fantastic news that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has highlighted ageing populations as a major drag on global growth in its latest World Economic Outlook update.

The IMF warns that employment growth will decline in …

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US Needs A New Normal “Permanent Study Group”

By John Richardson

A LOT of the discussions taking place in and around last week’s American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) in San Antonio, Texas, was, of course, around oil prices.

Lower crude prices means less of …

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EU Must Tackle Unemployment Crisis

By John Richardson

IF the above chart applied to China then China would be in the midst of its biggest political, social and economic upheaval since the 1949 revolution, with the Communist Party quite probably out of office.

But luckily …

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The US Must Wise-Up And Back China

By John Richardson

AUSTRALIA has very sensibly reversed its decision not to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). This is the first good policy move I can think of since Tony Abbott became Australia’s prime minister.

And with …

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China’s New Investment Bank: Either Join Or Lose Out

 

By John Richardson

THE UK, first of all, agreed to join the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and now France, Germany and Italy have followed suit.

Encouragingly, also, in one of the few good decisions since he came …

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Following In The Footsteps Of China Is Impossible

By John Richardson

THE chart above shows how China’s consumption of polypropylene (PP) rose from 4.6 million tonnes in 2000 to 19 million tonnes in 2014.

It also illustrates how, in the process, China’s percentage share of global PP consumption …

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Where Have All The Jobs Gone?

By John Richardson

POLITICIANS everywhere know that their chances of staying in office depend on how many jobs they can at the very least prevent from disappearing down the economic plughole.

Ideally, they also want to be able to lay …

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