More Questionable Chinese Data Clouds The Picture

It seems as if Lex of the Financial Times is finally catching up with this blog by questioning the validity of some of the official data coming out of China. We take this as a compliment.

In today’s column it talks about …

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Qatar-Shell Sing Deal Feedstock, Investment Options

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Singapore’s Jurong Island

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Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) sees Singapore as a good base for expanding in to the Far East, said CEO Nasser Al-Jaidah yesterday after the announcement of the new partnership with Shell.

QPI and Shell …

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Qatar Petroleum buys into Singapore petchems

Just picked up on the interesting news (not sure how big a deal this is) after attending one of those long interminably-long internal planning meetings. But on this occasion we at least were discussing something useful – not just the …

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What the flipping heck is going on?….

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…….and no trite Public Relations-speak answers, please!!!

 

This is not me, by the way, (my computer is an older model) but the expression about sums it up

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No matter where you seem to turn these days, whether it’s …

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Reliance-LyondellBasell talks resurface

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Talk of Reliance Industries acquiring LyondellBasell is once again gaining momentum. A report in today’s Economic Times says that the company is close to announcing a major overseas …

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For Hands That Don’t Want To Do Dishes

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Buy now, pay later….

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Note: There is a special prize for the first blog reader who can explain the above headline.  

In the 2001 recession, US consumer spending slowed but did not fall, and picked up …

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A fight to the finish

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

The Indian government has announced 17 November as the date for a public hearing to discuss the provisional anti dumping duties that it had imposed in June on …

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Some Very Crude Perceptions

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Misleading perceptions can be very dangerous – especially when they apply to the crude-oil futures markets.

“The price has more than doubled this year partly because of the belief that the recovery in Chinese …

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Time to look inward

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

It pays to have a domestic focus and Reliance Industries has shown this again in its results for the first half of fiscal 2009-10.

Its petrochemicals division delivered …

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Caution is the name of the game

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By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Japanese chemical majors have raised their sales and profit forecasts for the second half of the fiscal year ending 31 March 2010, but the revisions are marginal and …

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