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China Likely to Ease Coal Mine Closures to Meet Rising Needs

  • Analysts see no target to close old mines in next 5-year plan
  • Demand for the dirty fuel driven by expanding coal power fleet
A worker sorts coal in Shanxi Province, China.

A worker sorts coal in Shanxi Province, China.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

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China will likely ease the pressure on local governments to shut older, inefficient coal mines as it seeks to meet rising demand of the most-polluting fuel to spur its economic recovery.