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Every Time You Dip Your Toe In The Water…

By John Richardson

EVERY time you dip your toe in the water the political temperature in China can feel a little different.

For instance, in this article in the New York Times, published on 19 July, the newspaper wrote: “Communist …

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China’s Balancing Act: Reforming Land Rights And Hukou

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By John Richardson

THE good health of China’s economy and the future of the Communist Party depend on giving farmers individual land-ownership rights and allowing equal rights for migrants in cities, an official from a leading Beijing-based …

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China Commodities Rally About Protecting Existing Debt

By John Richardson

OVER the last few days we have focused on the increased risk-on trade in commodities, including petrochemicals.

But maybe the rallies we have seen  in products such as fibre intermediates and polyethylene (PE)  are mainly about traders …

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China’s SMEs Face New Lending Problem

By John Richardson

CHINA’S small and medium-sized (SMEs) may already be finding it increasingly difficult to source trade finance as a result of the late June credit crackdown warned Winnie Wu, Hong Kong-based research analyst at Merrill Lynch,  who was …

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At Least One Company Saw It Coming

By John Richardson

A MAJOR petrochemicals company two years ago predicted that real Chinese GDP growth, as opposed to the “man-made”  official numbers, would fall to 4% in 2013 and 2014, a source with that company told the blog.

This …

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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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China Market Rally In Context

 

By John Richardson

ETHYLENE spot prices rose by $20-50/tonne in Asia last week on the back of stronger derivatives pricing, including a $5-25/tonne increase in polyethylene (PE), according to ICIS.

However, nobody is cracking open the champagne. As the …

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Get Behind China

By John Richardson

THE blog is often accused of being pessimistic. We are not. We are just realistic.

It was realistic last November to anticipate that China’s new leaders would be dedicated to major economic reform. In fact, this was …

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Beijing: China Deceleration On Track

Source of chart: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/ 

 

By John Richardson

THERE has been a hugely important shift in the attitude of China’s central government. In the old days, when they set a target of say 12% national industrial production growth for a …

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Xi Jingping’s Challenges

By John Richardson

XI Jinping, who formally became China’s president last week during the National People’s Congress meeting, faces enormous challenges.

Life is, for example, pretty grim for hundreds of millions of people in China.

Many have lost out on …

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