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South Korea’s Demographic Challenges

By John Richardson

THE blog has been long on South Korea ever since its first visit in 1997.  Its economic achievements since the horrors of the Korean War are nothing short of amazing.

Bereft of natural resources, all it has …

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China PE Imports: A Long-Term Outlook

 

By John Richardson

THE chart below is worth revisiting, and pondering again, as we attempt to assess the future of polyethylene (PE) exports to China.

In the case of the Middle East, as the chart shows, it has been …

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Southeast Asia’s Export Dependency

Source: Petroleum Institute of Thailand

 

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of excitement about the self-sustaining nature of Southeast Asia’s (SEA) economy thanks to, for example, nine consecutive quarters of GDP growth of more than 6% in Indonesia …

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China Producer Price Deflation Continues

By John Richardson

China’s factory-gate prices have fallen for 14 months in a row because of huge overcapacity in many industries, said the Wall Street Journal in this article.

“Producer prices – a measure of prices of goods before they …

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Malaysia’s Economic Challenges

By John Richardson

Barisan Nasional (BN) has won Malaysia’s general election although Anwar Ibrahim (see picture on the left), leader of the opposition, has so far refused to concede defeat because he claims that there has been widespread election fraud.…

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Southeast Asia ‘s Economic Boom

By John Richardson

SOUTHEAST (SEA) polyolefins demand grew by 15-20% last year in some of the region’s emerging countries, such as Indonesia, according to a source with a major global producer.

Confidence is high as overseas money pours into super-hot …

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China, Patronage And Innovation

By John Richardson

CHINA has to improve innovation if it is to avoid the middle-income trap.

Some people assume that success is a given because of China’s great achievement of lifting hundreds of millions of people out of absolute poverty over …

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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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Social Change And Growth

South Korea and its consumer-driven economy

Source of picture:  KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features

 

By John Richardson

MEASURING demand growth cannot involve merely assuming that the future will be the same as the past, as this increasingly complex world continues to tell …

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Honestly, Nobody Still Has A Clue

By John Richardson

JUST as the West was lucky, so was China. The Chinese economy was also buoyed by the Babyboomers, and by its 2001 admission to the World Trade Organisation that enabled it to greatly increase its role as …

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