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China increases electricity imports from North Korea to ease its power shortage crisis Updated: 2021-10-25 13:43:14 KST


China is facing its worst power shortage in 10 years.
Local media has reported that China has increased electricity imports from countries like Myanmar and North Korea.

According to the South China Morning Post, customs data showed that while China doesn't import that much power from North Korea, its electricity imports in September jumped to almost 36-thousand megawatt hours, up 62 percent from the same period last year.
By the first three quarters of this year… China had imported more than 11.9 million U.S. dollars of electricity from North Korea.
It also increased its electricity imports from Myanmar by 44 percent in the first three quarters of this year compared to the same period in 2020.

Though this was a big jump from a year ago…local media outlets pointed out this wasn't enough to solve China's power shortage issue.
China has been relying on coal for more than 60 percent of its power generation.
But supply hasn't been enoughto keep up with growing electricity consumption ever since the country's economy bounced back during the latter half of last year.
While some local governments decided to temporarily stop factories from operatingauthorities have been calling for more efforts.
Especially as the winter season approaches which will inevitably lead to a higher demand for electricity to power heating devices.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.
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