China is trying to alleviate the country’s energy crisis by importing more coal from Russia, Mongolia, and Indonesia. In Heilongjiang, on the border to Russia, rail infrastructure has been improved to allow increased coal transport. A Russian diplomat in Harbin said, according to media reports, that coal exports to Heilongjiang province had fallen by 40 percent since the beginning of the year due to tightened pandemic measures and not enough rail cars. Now imports from Russia are said to be on the rise once again. Beijing is also aiming to double electricity transfers from Russia in November and December.
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