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China's newly proved coal reserves fall 43% in 2008
By Wan Zhihong (
Updated: 2009-03-02 15:30

China's newly proved coal reserves in 2008 were 23.11 billion tons, down 43 percent from a year earlier, according to figures with the National Bureau of Statistics.

China is now the world's largest coal consumer. Last year the country's coal consumption was 2.74 billion tons, 3 percent higher than in 2007.

China's newly proved oil and natural gas reserves last year were 1.34 billion tons and 647.2 billion cu m, respectively.

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