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China Pollution: The Years Of Living Differently

By John Richardson

“THE mountains are high and the emperor is far away,” is a well-known phrase in China, which has been applied to many areas of legal enforcement.

“The refinery in, say, Shanxi province might have installed a de-sulphurisation …

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China’s Cancer Villages

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By John Richardson

CHINA has as many as 400 “cancer villages”, with many of the cancer clusters being blamed on the chemicals industry.

Much of the nation’s countryside – the source of China’s food supply - is contaminated …

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Managing China’s Middle Income Aspirations

Finding a way through….

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By John Richardson

WHEN the blog first visited China in the late 1990s, it travelled around Beijing in a fruitless and naive attempt to get people to really talk about everyday life.

Last …

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China’s New Expectations

By John Richardson

THE difficulties of life in modern-day China was evident from several conversations the blog has held during the first two days of its visit to the country.

“I had to get an apartment first, which cost a …

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China NPC Meeting: Quality Over Quantity

China’s National People’s Congress

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By John Richardson

The focus of next week’s National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting in China – the country’s annual “parliamentary” meeting – is likely to be on the quality rather …

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Sinopec A Litmus Test For Reform

By John Richardson

CHINA’s new leaders are under increasing pressure to do something about the dreadful pollution that blights the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

One Shanghai resident told the blog, “The air quality is so bad here …

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PTA Price Decline Reflects Realities

By John Richardson

The end of the eight-week long bull-run in China’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) pricing might well indicate a wider problem about to beset other petrochemicals: Reality undermining the positive sentiment of the early part of this year.…

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China’s Environmental Balancing Act

A woman wearing a mask looks across the Pudong on 16 January this year

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By John Richardson

A DISPUTE between state-owned refiners Sinopec and PetroChina and environmental regulators serves as a good example of …

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Beijing Smog Highlights Reform Agenda

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By John Richardson

THE toxic smog that enveloped Beijing over the weekend is another example of why China’s new leaders simply have to change the economic growth model.

At its worst point on Saturday …

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