China’s coal imports from Russia may increase as supply from Australia ‘expected to decline’



Amanda Lee | SCMP

Russia is aiming to supply more coal to the world’s biggest energy consumer, as Beijing is also seeking to diversify China’s coal supply away from Australia amid ongoing tensions with Canberra, according to analysts.

China remains Russia’s biggest trading partner, but Russia’s trade balance since May has turned from a surplus to a deficit, largely due to a fall in exports of oil and gas and an increase in imports of electrical machinery and equipment, said Liam Peach, emerging markets economist at Capital Economics.

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