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Xi Jinping Further Underlines China’s “New Normal”

CHINA’S president Xi Jinping, in a landmark speech at the weekend, talked about the “New Normal” of lower economic growth and a different type of growth altogether.

He qualified this different type of growth as follows: “Through innovation and technological …

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China Copper, Chemicals And The Interconnections

By John Richardson

IT is the interconnections that matter and the trouble is that few people seem to have adequately thought about the interconnections between the various dysfunctional parts of the Chinese economy.

For example;…

A lot of the main

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Dow And Commodities-Specialities Integration

 

By John Richardson

IS diversification itself a problem in commodity chemicals and speciality companies with operations under one roof, or is it more how this diversification is handled?

This is a question raised by this excellent Insight article, from …

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The WTO “Bali” Deal Versus ASEAN Priorities

By John Richardson

WHY sacrifice national or regional growth for the sake of freer global trade?

This is a question the blog has been asking itself since the breakthrough last week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in Bali. …

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South Korea’s Demographic Challenges

By John Richardson

THE blog has been long on South Korea ever since its first visit in 1997.  Its economic achievements since the horrors of the Korean War are nothing short of amazing.

Bereft of natural resources, all it has …

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Malaysia: Taking The Long View

Source: Malaysia Petrochemicals Association

 

By John Richardson

THE problems in Malaysia have been evident for a long time.

But thanks to the irresponsible and failed actions of the US Fed, the flow of funds into the Southeast country had …

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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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3D Printing: The New Industrial Revolution

By John Richardson

MANUFACTURING via 3D printing could result in an industrial revolution as big as that which occurred in 1766 with the invention of the spinning jenny (see above).

“The pedal-powered machine allowed a single person to spin eight …

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China, Patronage And Innovation

By John Richardson

CHINA has to improve innovation if it is to avoid the middle-income trap.

Some people assume that success is a given because of China’s great achievement of lifting hundreds of millions of people out of absolute poverty over …

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Less Bling, Please

Source of picture: Luxepost.com 

 

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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