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US shale products flood Asia markets as China builds tariff wall

Japan's petrochemical producers feel heat under sudden competition

A DowDuPont ethylene plant in Freeport, Texas. U.S. petrochemical companies have expanded capacity in light of the shale gas boom.

TOKYO -- Chemical products made from U.S. shale gas are flooding Southeast Asia as Chinese tariffs keep them out of what was supposed to be their largest market, with the resulting supply glut dimming earnings prospects at petrochemical companies.

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