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PetroChina and Sinopec Will Never Be The Same Again

By John Richardson

CHINA’S two giant state-owned oil, gas, refining and petrochemicals companies have enjoyed many fantastic years during which they could do just about what they liked, according to an increasing number of critics.

“You can’t control them,” an …

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India’s Search For A New Growth Model

By John Richardson

THE great news is that China is moving towards a new, and potentially very effective, economic growth model.

Can we say the same for India?

The reason why I pose this question is because, since Narendra Modi …

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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 Silver Lining: Blue Collar Wage Increases

By John Richardson

HOW useful a tool is GDP in measuring petrochemicals demand growth in China?

This is a question that every research department in every petrochemicals company needs to ask itself.

During the Supercycle era, Chinese demand growth was …

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Jokes Don’t Keep You Healthy

By John Richardson

“I FEEL like I’m living in clouds of smog,” Zheng Qiaoyun, a Shanghai resident who kept her 6-month-old son at home told the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

“I have a headache, I’m coughing, and it’s hard to breathe …

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China’s Debt Crisis Comes To A Head

By John Richardson

HOW much longer will China’s central government continue to kick the can down the road?

The answer to this question might well turn out to be the biggest single determinant of chemicals and polymers demand growth over …

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China And The New IPCC Report

By John Richardson

THE blog isn’t a scientist and it has also often discussed the dangers of another consensus view: That the global economy will return to the Old Normal.

Nevertheless, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now …

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China: Realism Is Not The Same As Pessimism

By John Richardson

A CRUCIAL meeting takes place in China in November – the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee.

More commonly referred to as “the November plenum”, the outcomes of the meeting will …

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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 And The Blog’s Favourite Triangle

By John Richardson

ONE of Sinopec’s subsidiaries, Shanghai Petrochemical, has weighed-in to the debate over US shale gas by warning that cheap petrochemicals imports from the States could erode the whole of China’s competitiveness.

“We can’t tell how severe the …

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