China to carry out “special action” on illegal coal mining in 2018

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Xi Jinping, China's president

Xi Jinping, China’s president

China will carry out “special action” in 2018 to crack down on illegal coal mining to ensure safe production and capacity reductions, the State Administration of Work Safety said in a statement on Monday.

Coal mines that fails in safety-measures or operation-standards, including employees working longer hours than permitted, oversized-mine-capacity, will be ordered to close and rectify any violations, according to the statement.

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The safety watchdog will also carry out inspections to shut so-called “zombie” mines and excess capacity at mines.

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