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China boosts coal output, taps Australian imports in power crisis

Beijing scrambles to counter energy crunch that endangers industrial production

China had restricted coal production by half capacity to meet environmental targets but now faces a power shortage.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has instructed coal miners to expand output in response to an extended power shortage that threatens to upend tech supply chains and risks hampering the country's economic growth.

The government of Inner Mongolia, a major coal producing region, has issued waivers on production caps for 72 coal mines that will last through the end of the month. The mines had been restricted to keep production at about half capacity to greenhouse emissions production targets, but this has been lifted on an emergency basis.

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