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Vietnam and Asia neighbors hungry for cheap coal

Demand for low-grade coal expands amid economic growth

Vietnam's steam coal imports in 2019 are estimated to total about 32 million tons, twice the amount for last year and up three times from three years ago.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Demand for low-grade coal with lower combustion efficiency is growing amid economic growth in Vietnam and other emerging Asian countries, placing another hurdle in the global race to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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