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China Debt Squeeze, Trade War, Dollar Strength Pose Major Risks

By John Richardson

IT DIDN’T matter if there was any truth behind the stories people used to tell each other about the Chinese economy as it underwent an unprecedented period of growth in 2009-2014. All that mattered was that a …

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China Polyethylene Strong Q1 Growth Doesn’t Reflect Risks Ahead

By John Richardson

CHINA’S Q1 2018 polypropylene (PP) imports were down by 20% year-on-year as apparent demand (net imports plus local production) rose by just 1% on the steep fall in the availability of lending. Meanwhile, overall polyethylene (PE) imports …

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Why China Will Rapidly Become Paraxylene Self-Sufficient

By John Richardson

WOW, what an opportunity. That might be your reaction to the two above charts. On the left, you can see a quite breath taking rise in China’s paraxylene (PX) net imports (imports minus exports). In 2007, China’s …

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China Overlooked Lending Data Down 64% As Economic Slowdown Continues

By John Richardson

FAR too little attention is still being paid to China’s lending data even though this has long been the key measure of whether its economy is accelerating or slowing down.

In January 2014, lending in China started …

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China Doubles Down On Pollution Clean-up: Consequences For Chemicals

By John Richardson

ECONOMIC GROWTH for the sake of economic growth was for so many years the No1 priority in China. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that there is a legacy of major environmental problems.

These include some 1.6m premature …

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Evidence Builds Of China Slowdown As Economic Reforms Gather Pace

By John Richardson

THE CHINESE economy remains one of the most overlooked threats to the conventional opinion that we are in the midst of a synchronised global economic recovery.

Sure, some alarm bells rang with last week’s release of China’s …

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US-China Trade Relations In 2018: Prepare For The Worst

By John Richardson

WE GOT away with it in 2017 by luck rather than design, as there is of course very little that petrochemicals and polymers companies can do to prevent a global trade war other than lobbying politicians.

Part …

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