China Struggling Mass Blackouts Following Aussie Coal Embargo – Watts Up With That?

President of China, Xi Jinping arrives in London, 19 October 2015.

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h / t white, GWPF; Millions of Chinese suffer from severe power problems, blackouts and blackouts. According to media reports, the problems were caused by fuel shortages following the embargo of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Australian coal imports.

Beijing's trade war with Australia fails spectacularly as China plagues electricity problems that plunge millions into darkness after refusing to ship $ 1 billion in Australian coal

  • Beijing blacklisted imports of Australian coal as part of the trade war last month
  • Around 80 ships with coal worth USD 1.1 billion sit off the Australian coast
  • Coal prices in China have skyrocketed as domestic supply struggles to keep up
  • Now the provincial governments are putting restrictions on electricity consumption
  • In the cold winter there are power outages and limits for heating and alternating current


RELEASED: 02:31 AEDT, December 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:06 p.m. AEDT, December 18, 2020

Millions of Chinese have been left without heating in the middle of winter as cities ration electricity amid a blockade on Australian coal.

Australia supplied 57 percent of China's coal imports in 2019, which are used to generate electricity in power plants.

But last month Beijing blocked Australian coal imports, which left 80 ships carrying more than $ 1.1 billion in blacklisted cargo stranded off the coast of China.

China's coal prices stood at 500 yuan ($ 100) last month but rose 760 yuan ($ 153) per ton on Wednesday, which has now put restrictions on electricity consumption for millions of residents, according to the South China Morning Post.

Around 57 million people live in the province of Zhejiang south of Shanghai on the east coast of China. They were besieged by power outages that resulted in the electricity being turned off.

The Zhejiang provincial government has now ordered that offices in Wenzhou City will only be allowed to use heating when the temperature drops below 3 ° C from December 11th to 20th, and that the restaurant will only use air conditioning for guests and not employees .

Small to medium-sized factories were reportedly ordered to cease production for a day or two after operating for two days between December 13 and 30.

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The coal embargo appears to be Chinese retaliation for Australia's support for the US opposition to China's claims to land in the South China Sea and other alleged ills. So far, however, the embargo seems to have hurt China more than Australia.

China's central government claims there is no blackout.

Spokeswoman Meng Wei said the current coal inventory is sufficient for 21 days of operation in power plants across the country and 31 days in northeastern Heilongjiang Province – the coldest part of the country in winter.

“We have noticed that coal prices have increased recently and this has created widespread concern in society. However, the current supply and demand in the coal market are generally balanced and the supply of coal this winter and next spring is guaranteed, ”Meng said.

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This is not the first time the policies of the Xi Jinping regime have caused catastrophic Chinese power and heating problems.

In 2018, northern China suffered severe heating shortages in the middle of a bitterly cold winter as Xi Jinping decreed that everyone should switch from coal to natural gas. Nobody checked that there was enough gas to service the converted heaters.

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