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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

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

Beijing 

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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