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China’s Green Belt and Road Push Leaves Plenty of Grey Areas

While a significant amount of coal projects have been canceled, a lack clarity means the dirtiest fossil fuel could still find support.

Piles of coal in China

Piles of coal in China

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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Since China launched the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, the project has come under a lot of criticism for funding polluting activities overseas. That’s started to change with President Xi Jinping’s recent pledge to stop supporting foreign coal projects.