China's Premier Li says would like to grow coal trade with Mongolia - Xinhua www.reuters.com
SHANGHAI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - China's Premier Li Keqiang said in an online meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai that he would be "happy to see" an expansion in the volume of coal traded between the two countries, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday.
Li said "energy security is related to the national economy and people's livelihoods," the agency reported from the video meeting which took place on Tuesday afternoon.
He said China has abundant coal resources and hopes to develop diversified energy cooperation with Mongolia, the agency reported.
Near-record high thermal coal prices and electricity shortages have prompted power rationing across China and dented the country's industrial output, threatening its economic growth.
(Reporting by Engen Tham; editing by Richard Pullin)
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