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US/China trade war will escalate even if new tariffs are delayed

By John Richardson

BY LATER today we may or may not know whether President Trump will proceed with threats to impose a further $200bn worth of tariffs against Chinese imports.

This decision is of critical importance to the global chemicals …

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China tariffs: Quantifying The Impact On US Petchems And Energy

By John Richardson

PRESIDENT Trump believes he is winning the trade war with China because of the much greater strength of US stock markets versus their Chinese counterparts. At the start of last week, for example, the two major Chinese …

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China’s Latest Threat Of US Methanol Tariff Perfectly Targeted

By John Richardson

CHINA crunches exactly the same data as the rest of us, as I warned on Friday when discussing polyethylene (PE). China’s government is very aware of the dominant role China plays in global energy, petrochemicals and polymers …

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China Tariffs On US Petchem Feedstocks To Reshape Global Trade And Investment

By John Richardson

CHINA’S planned tariffs against US petrochemical feedstock exports threaten a major upheaval of global trade flows in the feedstocks.

The tariffs could also strengthen petrochemicals feedstock trading relationships between China and its fellow Belt and Road Initiative …

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China Pollution Campaign: 2018 Chemicals Market Opportunities, Challenges

By John Richardson

XI JINPING mentioned the environment no less than 89 times during his three-and-a-half hour opening speech during October’s 19th National Party Congress.

China’s president did, however, refer to the economy 70 times during that same speech, but …

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China’s Pollution/Economic Campaign To Reshape Petchems

By John Richardson

I BELIEVE that China’s environmental crackdown will continue to disrupt petrochemicals and polymers markets for the next few years.

This is not a temporary phenomenon that will largely go away with the end of the September 2017-March …

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China’s Polypropylene Market: The Right Questions You Simply Must Ask

By John Richardson

On the surface, the above chart represents very good news for exporters of polypropylene (PP) to China. As you can see, our base case sees import volumes creeping up from around 3.9m tonnes in 2018 to 4.2m …

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China’s War On Air Pollution Causes Major Chemicals Shortages

By John Richardson

CHINA is quite literally going to war against air pollution as tries to tackle a health crisis that causes some 1.6m deaths every year. The end-result is major shortages up and down many chemicals value chains.

The …

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China Moves Towards Commodity Grade PE Self-Sufficiency By 2025

By John Richardson

THE argument I’ve been making for a couple of years now is that the history of petrochemicals in China suggests a constant drive towards much greater self-sufficiency. No value chain is immune, I have kept contending.

The …

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Propylene: How To Turn Oversupply To Your Advantage

The world has changed for good. Old ways of running petrochemicals businesses no longer work. Click here for details on an important new ICIS/International eChem study that will help you prosper in this radically different environment. And see below for …

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