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25 Jul 2022

Jim Pollard, Asia Financial (Hong Kong)

China’s Belt & Road slashes funds for foreign coal plants, research says

"China’s Belt & Road Cut Funds for Foreign Coal Plants: Report" 25 July 2022

No new coal projects received backing from China after President Xi Jinping pledged to the United Nations General Assembly last September that the country would put an end to overseas coal financing, a new report by Chinese researchers says.

A Chinese developer, however, won a bid in February to build a thermal power plant in Indonesia, according to new research by the Shanghai-based Green Finance and Development Centre (GFDC), which is part of Shanghai’s Fudan University.

China’s investments in countries that are part of its Belt and Road network saw a marginal decline in the six months to June, with Russia, Sri Lanka and Egypt getting zero investments, the report found.

Funding and investments totalled $28.4 billion, down from $29.6 billion a year earlier, bringing the total cumulative Belt and Road spending since 2013 – when it began – to $932 billion, GFDC said in the research report.

Saudi Arabia attracted the most funds as part of the project during the period, with about $5.5 billion in investments, the report said. [...]