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China’s Latest Interest Rate Cut: The Essential Context

By John Richardson

CHINA lowered interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday in a further attempt to limit the damage caused by economic reforms.

The two earlier rate cuts, and February’s reduction in the bank reserve-requirement …

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China Jan-Feb Polyethylene Imports Fall 22%

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports declined again in February, and are down by an average of 22% over both January and February of this year compared with the same period in 2014.

SOME people will tell you that …

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China Petrochemicals In 2015: Five More Predictions

By John Richardson

HERE are five more predictions for China’s petrochemicals markets during 2015:

1.) Polyethylene, polypropylene (PP), phenol, purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will be just some of the products that will see declines in imports …

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China’s Demand For Lending In Steep Decline

By John Richardson

WHEN the demand for lending in any economy starts to decline, you know that the people who make up that economy have an understanding that things are likely to get worse before they get better.

Hence, chemicals …

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China’s July Lending Underlines The Real Direction

By John Richardson

WHEN there was a big year-on-year surge in China’s lending in June some commentators took this is an indication that Beijing was going soft on its economic reform programme.

Instead it seemed more likely at that time …

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China’s Polypropylene Imports: The Balance Of Probabilities

CHINA’S polypropylene (PP) imports increased by 11.3% in January-April of this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to the latest available China customs data.

There could be lots of reasons for this. One reason might be that …

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How Jack Ma Is Liberalising China’s Lending System

By John Richardson

JACK Ma is a popular guy at all levels of Chinese society. And so, last June, the hugely successful online businessman was allowed to write this in a commentary in the People’s Daily, the government-run newspaper: “Innovation …

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Why China’s Polyethylene Imports Have Surged

 

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) imports jumped by 26% in the first quarter of this year over the same period in 2013, according to data from Global Trade Information Services (see the above chart).

This isn’t the result …

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The “Why” Behind Sinopec’s Investment Freeze

By John Richardson

SINOPEC has announced that it will halt some of its new petrochemicals investments. This could involve the postponement of up to three cracker projects with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.8m tonnes/year, according to this excellent story …

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Free China Outlook Webinar On Wednesday

By John Richardson

THE blog has spent the last three years focusing heavily on China’s economy. Our analysis, which predicted China’s  about turn, has now gone mainstream.

And now we are running two free webinars on Wednesday (23 April), which …

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