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China Push Sees Coal-Fired Generation Rise to Record in Pakistan

  • South Asian nation is a flagship destination for Belt and Road
  • China is financing nation’s power plants and first coal mine
Operations And Construction At The Huaneng Shandong Rui Group Sahiwal Coal Power Plant
Photographer: Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

As developed nations turn away from coal-fired power, Chinese funding has helped the dirtiest fossil fuel take off in Pakistan.

Coal’s surge in the South Asian nation is symbolic of the difficult choice that the region’s developing countries face as they seek affordable energy to support economic growth while trying to limit chronic air pollution. Asian demand is expected to support the commodity as its usage drops in most of the developed world in a transition to cleaner or renewable energy sources.