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Jakarta Post

Indonesia seeks secured coal access in China

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 27, 2019   /  12:41 pm
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A barge transports coal on the Mahakam River in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, in this December 2017 photo. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

  In an effort to secure access for coal exports to China amid a potential slump in domestic production, the Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) signed on Friday a memorandum of agreement (MoU) with the China National Coal Association (CNCA) to support further trade and investment flow between the two countries. APBI chairman Pandu Sjahrir said the association was the first to sign such an MoU among the CNCA's other foreign counterparts. “There are so many things we have done at the business-to-business level [with the CNCA], but we want to strengthen our policy perspectives, especially regarding energy security in the two countries,” Pandu told reporters in Jakarta. China is the world’s largest coal consumer and the largest buyer of Indonesia’s coal. In 2018, it imported 125 million metric tons of most...