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China Could Build New Coal Plants Overseas Even After Xi Pledge

It’s unclear whether developments that haven’t begun construction will go ahead after President Xi Jinping’s promise to stop building projects abroad. 

A Chinese-built coal plant in Pakistan

A Chinese-built coal plant in Pakistan

Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

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Chinese state-owned enterprises have a massive pipeline of coal-fired power projects in more than a dozen countries and it remains unclear if they’ll be scrapped, even after President Xi Jinping’s pledge to stop building plants abroad.