Coal crisis reveals how energy supply has become a major problem for China — RT Op-ed

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Tom Fowdy is a British writer and analyst of politics and international relations with a primary focus on East Asia.

considerations and recent events show why – it simply doesn’t have
sufficient resources of its own to power what has become the world’s
largest industrial hub.
The headlines have been stark in recent days: regions of China have been suffering from power shortages, with local governments being forced to ration electricity due to a lack of coal and increased demand pushing prices up.

crisis is also a product of a power system fuelled by government
subsidies that operate on a not-for-profit basis, alleviating the
pressure on bill payers. This means that when commodity prices surge,
they start making massive losses and so have to cut supply.

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