China says coal han­dling de­layed by en­vi­ron­men­tal checks

Sun.Star Pampanga - - BUSINESS -

WELLING­TON, New Zealand (AP) — China said Fri­day that re­ported de­lays in han­dling of coal ship­ments from Aus­tralia were due to stepped up in­spec­tions to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

“In re­cent years, China Cus­toms has found that some of the im­ported coal didn’t meet our en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion stan­dards when it car­ried out in­spec­tion and test­ing on safety and qual­ity risks of the im­ported coal,” For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang told re­porters dur­ing a rou­tine brief­ing in Bei­jing.

Cus­toms of­fi­cials had strength­ened qual­ity and safety in­spec­tions of im­ported coal “in ac­cor­dance with rel­e­vant laws and reg­u­la­tions” to bet­ter pro­tect Chi­nese im­porters and en­sure en­vi­ron­men­tal safety, Geng said.

He said a re­port by the Reuters news agency say­ing that ports in the north­ern Chi­nese city of Dalian had banned im­ports of Aus­tralian coal was “not true.”

The re­port had linked the holdups in coal pro­cess­ing to ten­sions over Aus­tralia’s block­ing of tele­coms gear gi­ant Huawei Tech­nolo­gies from the roll-out of its 5G net­works.

Aus­tralia’s trade min­is­ter down­played the de­lays, say­ing Fri­day he had no rea­son to be­lieve China is ban­ning Aus­tralian coal.

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