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Growth in China’s energy consumption remains robust while the forms
of energy continued to diversify in 2018, according to an annual report on China’s energy devel
opment released Sunday by the China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute.
Total energy consumed last year reached 4.64 billion metric tons o
f standard coal, a year-on-year growth of 3.3 percent – a five-year record, according to the report.
Consumption of clean energy, including natural gas, hydropowe
r, nuclear power and wind power, accounted for 22.1 perc
ent of energy consumption last year, up 1.3 percent compared with the same period in 2017.
Non-fossil energy accounted for 14.3 percent, up 0.5 percentage points year-on-year, the report said.
China produced 3.77 billion tons of standard coal last year, up 5 percent year-on-year, a seve
n-year high. It has also become the world’s largest natural gas importer, with a heavier reliance on energy imports.
ancing needs, sustainable development and debt sustainability, according to Finance Minister Liu Kun.
“We will build a high-standard and high-quality financing system to s
upport long-term and sustainable BRI investment while preventing debt risks,” Liu said.
He suggested promoting financing cooperation for projects in
third-party countries, equity investment and attracting more private funding.
Enhancing debt and risk management is a key consideration for deepening BRI financi
ng cooperation, said Yi Gang, governor of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank.
“The debt issue in developing countries should be treated objective
ly. If debt growth is accompanied by infrastructure improvement, enhancement of people’s liveliho
ods and productivity and poverty reduction, it will be beneficial for the sustainability of long-term debt,” Yi said.