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China Govt’s Next Moves Critical For World Economy

By John Richardson

CHINA’S decision yesterday to increase the amount banks must set aside as reserves and two interbank interest rate rises in the space of a week are designed to tighten monetary conditions as worries grow over overheating and …

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Asean-China FTA: Indonesian drama unfolds

By Malini Hariharan

Eight years after agreeing to the Asean-China FTA (ACFTA) and a few days after its implementation the Indonesian government has succumbed to industry pressure to ask the Asean Council to renegotiate tariff reductions on 228 categories of …

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China Inflation Threat To Chemicals

 

Sky-high living costs?

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By John Richardson

CHINA’S imports surged by 55.9 per cent last December, raising concerns among chemicals traders and producers that this points to increasing inflationary pressure and a possible interest-rate hike …

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China’s Credit Growth Versus the West

By John Richardson

THE BIG gap in credit growth between China and the developed world has been thrown into further relief by recently released data – raising inflationary concerns in the world’s most important economy, while emphasising how rich-world countries …

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Reliance ups LyondellBasell valuation

By Malini Hariharan

LyondellBasell’s aggressive moves to convince creditors to approve its own reorganisation plan have drawn a reaction from Reliance Industries.

A source familiar with developments confirms that Reliance has raised its valuation of LyondellBasell to $13.5bn, up from …

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Some more surprises for polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

The Wednesday post on this blog highlighted some of the unexpected turns that the Asian polyolefins market has been taking.

There have been more developments over the last two days that are likely to influence markets in …

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Polymers start the year on a robust note, but how long will it last?

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

Expect the unexpected and you probably stand a good chance of making money in the polymer market.

Defying expectations of a slowdown in demand ahead of the Chinese new year in February markets have …

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Cash Will Remain King in 2010

Still too crowded…

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By John Richardson

 

Dear Readers – Welcome Back.

Having spent the last two weeks lying on Western Australian beaches, drinking beer and reading books on European history – while also building sand …

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No option but to bet on China

By Malini Hariharan

Even as market players celebrate the finish of what has been an unexpectedly good year there are not many who expect a repeat performance.

A key concern is Chinese demand which saved the industry in 2009. A …

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Asian PE, PP face a weak start to 2010

Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers expect trade to pick up only from the second quarter of 2010 when restocking activity will resume, writes our colleague Bee Lin.

Chinese importers are unlikely to build stocks before the Lunar New Year …

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