China’s coal industry has been in the crosshairs of the United States coal industry for years, with President Trump’s administration repeatedly accusing Beijing of using its coal resources to prop up its economy.
China has repeatedly denied any collusion, and has also repeatedly threatened to retaliate against any U.S. or Chinese companies that build on its resources.
But the latest round of the coal war appears to have accelerated.
In April, Chinese state media published a story alleging that a U.N. investigation had found that the coal industry in the region, the coal-rich Liaoning province, was “a source of major risk to global climate change.”
In a piece published by China’s official Xinhua news agency, Xinhua accused the U.K. of “spreading lies” and claimed that the “international community” is “using the Liaoning region as a bargaining chip for concessions in the United Kingdom.”
The article was accompanied by a photo of a convoy of coal trucks, and the headline, “U.K.’s coal exports to China ‘not worth it,’ according to Chinese.”
China is a major coal exporter and its economy has grown significantly over the past two decades.
In 2016, China’s total coal output was over one billion tons.
It currently accounts for over 80 percent of global coal production, with a share of about 40 percent in 2017.
But it is estimated that China’s emissions from coal production will reach a record high of 4.4 billion tons by 2030, due in large part to a shift away from coal-fired power plants to natural gas and renewables.
The coal wars in the U-K.
and the U.-S.
have been the subject of much coverage in the media.
But their real significance to the world’s climate is far more complicated.
It was the coal wars that prompted President Trump to call for an “all-out” campaign against China.
But for months, the U