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Blizzard exposes flaws in Beijing's rail, coal policies

Heavy storm in central, south China snarls coal trains; freight lines to major centres of demand are inadequate

Analysts say until China's rail network fully connects the supply hubs with centres of demand, further congestion problems look likely to persist.


CHINA'S worst blizzard this winter exposed a flaw in Beijing's drive to create remote coal mining hubs as it tries to streamline heavy industries and clear the air in populated regions: a lack of railroads to get the fuel to market. Heavy snow storms snarled the world's largest...

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