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China unveils 2017-2021 winter clean heating plan

BEIJING: China has announced a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating during the winter through to 2021, state media reported, amid a deepening heating crisis. An unprecedented government campaign to switch millions of households and thousands of businesses from coal to natural gas in northern China this winter has backfired. Severe natural gas shortages have sent prices soaring nationwide, hitting businesses and residents across China’s industrial heartland. The plan was jointly…