China Faces Power Shortage Amid Cold Winter, as Regime Bans Australian Coal Imports


China is experiencing power shortages in large swathes of southern China, resulting in people’s homes and workplaces not getting enough heat. The country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) confirmed the lack of electricity on Dec. 18 early morning. As people complained about the lack of heat amid cold weather, the NDRC announced that it had begun banning imports of Australian coal on Dec. 12, according to state media reports. The two countries are in a trade dispute following Australia’s demands for an international investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Coal is the main source of energy for Chinese power plants, and Australia is the second-largest coal exporter to China. Frozen Winter Since Dec. 8, the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Hunan officially announced restrictions on people’s use of electricity. In northwestern China, Shaanxi Province announced on Nov. 24 that their electricity production was not sufficient …

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