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Cutting overcapacity to be monitored

THE Chinese government will form inspection teams next week to report on the progress achieved in slashing production overcapacity in the steel and coal industries, the National Development and Reform Commission said yesterday.

By the end of July, 21.3 million tons of steel have been cut from production, equivalent to 47 percent of the annual goal to trim 45 million tons. The coal industry cut 95 million tons of capacity over the first seven months of this year, or 38 percent of the annual target of 250 million tons.

“Despite some achievements, the pace in general is not fast enough,” Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the NDRC, said.

“Ten teams will be formed next week to help steer areas which have fallen behind in cutting production overcapacity.”

The probe will report on the progress made by steel and coal-producing provinces across China, ensuring that inefficiently-operated mines and steel plants will be closed. The inspection will also check whether local governments have carried out the central government’s instructions.

The probe will end in the first 10 days of September.


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