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China's economic planner calls for accelerated capacity cuts to steel, coal

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:14
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China's economic planning agency said the country should quicken the pace of capacity reductions in steel and coal, adding that rising prices for the commodities were weakening the resolve of local governments to accelerate the cuts.

[SHANGHAI] China's economic planning agency said the country should quicken the pace of capacity reductions in steel and coal, adding that rising prices for the commodities were weakening the resolve of local governments to accelerate the cuts.

Zhao Chenxin, spokesperson for the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a press conference on Tuesday that localities are worried that capacity cuts could hurt local growth.

China's steel capacity cuts in the first seven months of the year are behind schedule, accounting for 47 per cent of the target for the year, while coal capacity cuts have reached only 38 per cent of the annual target.

REUTERS