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US Petchems Risk Getting Only One Cookie

By John Richardson

WALTER Mischel, the psychologist, carried out an experiment on four-year-old children in the late 1960s.

“They were given a choice between a small reward (one Oreo cookie), which they could have at any time, or a larger …

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China And Re-examining Your Customers

In the first part of a two-part series on how chemicals companies need to respond to China’s economic reforms, we look at the “account receivables” challenge. Tomorrow we will look at new growth opportunities.

 

By John Richardson

AS China’s …

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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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Researching China Credit And Growth

By John Richardson

A lot of the focus in polyethylene (PE) markets at the moment is on supply and on what impact this might have on the key China market during 2014.

Crunching this data will always remain a crucial …

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China’s November Plenum: The Verdict So Far

By John Richardson

THE November Plenum is over and now the analysis has begun.

Some commentators view the formal communiqué about the plenum – which was released by the government on Tuesday – with tremendous enthusiasm.

Others, however, are disappointed, …

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China’s Reform Process Jeopardised

By John Richardson

LAST week’s decision by China to give its banks the freedom to compete for borrowers, by removing the floor on lending rates, has been praised by most analysts.

“This is one of the biggest steps they could …

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A Delicate Balancing Act

XI Jinping (see picture), the country’s new president, is being described either as a nationalist, who has set China on an overly aggressive course or as someone who will skilfully and harmoniously guide the nation through major domestic and international reforms. …

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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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China’s Internet Decision

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market sentiment rebounded in mid-December on greater confidence that the country’s new leaders meant business on economic reform.

And since then, commodity prices in general, including those for iron ore  have rebounded thanks to a …

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China’s Can-Kicking Temptation

By John Richardson

THE China bulls will no doubt claim that the shadow-banking system isn’t a systemic risk to the country’s financial system and thus, of course, the world economy and the investment strategy of many chemical companies.

They might …

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