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By Bloomberg News Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — China, the world’s largest coal user and producer, increased imports of the fuel in September to meet rising domestic consumption following an economic recovery. Purchases rose 7 percent to 12.55 million metric tons last month from August and were more than triple what the country imported a year […]

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This story comes from Bloomberg and Reuters.   The announcement today comes as absolutely no surprise to us. China’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in a year as stimulus spending and record lending growth helped the nation lead the world out of recession. Gross domestic product grew 8.9  per cent in the third quarter from […]

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Here is an article from today’s China Daily.   With a somewhat better outlook for oil refineries, we can expect to see increased amounts of green coke produced, which will probably lead to easing prices.    As it is, prices have been easing recently, partly due to the imported quantities.   More in the upcoming weekly market review.   […]

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The following article appeared in yesterday’s Fairfax newspapers in Australia.   It is written by a journalist I know and respect, though I think his sub-editor doesn’t realise that copper is not made in an aluminium smelter.   Although the article gives an Australian perspective, it is instructional for us all.   Is this buying spree a sign […]

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The following article appeared in today’s China Daily.   They give predominance to the CASS forecast, which is the most optimistic.   This think-tank has proven itself to be very reliable and accurate in its publications, so is worth following.    China GDP to grow by 8.3% in 2009, says CASS The Chinese economy is projected to grow 8.3 percent […]

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Acknowledgements to Reuters for this story.    For China’s four economic levers, exports are the one which continue to weigh heavily on GDP growth.  Government spending and investment are both strong, though perhaps not for the right reasons.   The fourth lever, consumer spending, is not directly addressed here.   But with inflation much lower and with the […]

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