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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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China NPC Meeting: Quality Over Quantity

China’s National People’s Congress

Source of picture: Rex Features

 

By John Richardson

The focus of next week’s National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting in China – the country’s annual “parliamentary” meeting – is likely to be on the quality rather …

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China’s Graduates

China graduates at a job fair in Chongqing in November 2012

Source of picture: HAP/Quirky China News/Rex Features

 

By John Richardson

CHINA sometimes seems like several different countries from the super-rich elite to the middle classes whose average annual disposable income …

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China’s Two-Speed Recovery

By John Richardson

CHINA appears to be in the midst of a two-speed recovery as a result of stronger domestic growth, while the export environment remains very bleak.

“Our polyethylene (PE) sales to converters who sell into the domestic market …

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China Polyethylene Sentiment Recovers

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market is enjoying a mini-rebound on improved confidence in the ability of politicians to turn the economy around, the blog has been told.

There seems to be a feeling out there that more help …

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China New Leaders Announced

Xi Jinping addresses the 18th Party Congress

Source of picture: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features  

 

By John Richardson

CHINA’S new seven-man Politburo Standing Committee was announced today, with the bad news being that five of its members are thought to be either conservative …

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