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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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China’s Intellectual Property Challenge

Wen Jiabao – stepping down

Source of picture: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features 


In the last of our series of posts on China’s leadership handover, which begins today as the 18th Party Congress meets, we look at intellectua property rights protection.  

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China Reformer Sidelined

By John Richardson

AN assumption is that economic reformers will win control of China’s Politburo after the once-in-a-decade leadership transition is out of the way (China’s new set of leaders are set to be announced during the 18th Party Congress, …

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Chemicals Demand Shift Will Not Be Smooth


By John Richardson

ADIDAS recently announced that it is to close its only directly-owned sportwear factory in China.

Many other similar factories could shut if Beijing sticks to its 12th Five-Year-Plan (2011-2015) promise to move up the industrial value chain.

The …

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China Politics

In the last of our series of blog posts on some of the major challenges facing China’s economy over the next 12-18 months, we look at politics.



By John Richardson

THE outcome of the battle over China’s economic …

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