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Power rationing in China sends chills through economy

Freezing weather and factory output behind outages; impact of Aussie coal ban limited

Smoke billows from chimneys at a power station in Hefei in China's Anhui Province.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Unseasonably cold weather and surging factory usage have forced Chinese officials to limit electricity use in multiple provinces, threatening to throw a wrench into Beijing's plans to rapidly revive the world's second-largest economy from a coronavirus-induced slumber.

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