Coal has long been central to China’s power generation, and broader economy – the country produced around 3.8 billion tonnes of coal every year in past decade, the same level as the rest of the world combined. Photo: Xinhua
Coal has long been central to China’s power generation, and broader economy – the country produced around 3.8 billion tonnes of coal every year in past decade, the same level as the rest of the world combined. Photo: Xinhua

Was China’s power crisis caused partly by an obscure mining law?

  • Article 134 in China’s criminal law elevated penalties for a series of violations from fines to possible jail time in response to an increase in mining-related accidents
  • China’s current power crunch is affecting about 20 provinces and regions, representing over 66 per cent of its gross domestic product

Coal has long been central to China’s power generation, and broader economy – the country produced around 3.8 billion tonnes of coal every year in past decade, the same level as the rest of the world combined. Photo: Xinhua
Coal has long been central to China’s power generation, and broader economy – the country produced around 3.8 billion tonnes of coal every year in past decade, the same level as the rest of the world combined. Photo: Xinhua
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