Rise in coal production in China in 2017, after three years of decline.
China, the world largest producer of coal and lignite (45%), relaxed production restrictions in 2017 and raised its domestic production after three years of decline, contributing to half of the global increase in coal production.
Relaxed coal import restrictions in China stimulated global coal production, especially in Indonesia and the United States, whereas bad weather and industrial problems reduced Australian production.
Coal production also grew in India, in line with the government’s willingness to lower its import dependency, and in Russia.
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