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From the International Energy Association: Japan and China Compete for Energy Projects in Southeast
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From the International Energy Association: Japan and China Compete for Energy Projects in Southeast Asia

 

A recent newsletter from the International Energy Agency (IEA) cites a report from Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm that points to Southeast Asia as the new worldwide center of coal production.

 

Currently, Asia accounts for 85 percent of new coal power development amongst the world’s top 20 coal producing countries, with China as the largest producer. However, while tighter restrictions on domestic coal plants have been imposed by the central government to curb pollution, Beijing has pushed the development of high-efficiency, low-emission coal plants across Southeast Asia as part of the “Belt and Road Initiative”.

 

As China is expanding its influence, Beijing’s foremost strategic competitor in Asia, Japan, is being forced to step up efforts to combat its shrinking influence in the region. The booming energy sector of Southeast Asia, especially coal, is proving to be the new front line in the geopolitical rivalry between Asia’s two industrial giants.

 

Source: https://www.iea-coal.org/a-new-coal-war-frontier-emerges-as-china-and-japan-compete-for-energy-projects-in-southeast-asia/

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