More than 2,000 coal mines to be closed
China will shut down more than 2,000 coal mines next year and limit the number to 10,000 by 2016 to improve work safety and curb pollution.
More than 1,100 coal mines were closed this year to eliminate outdated capacity, according to the report from a top work safety watchdog.
Last month, a fire at a coal mine of state-owned Liaoning Fuxin Coal corp claimed 28 lives and injured 50 people.
Small coal mines are more prone to accidents and their outdated facilities have been criticized for low efficiency and causing pollutants.