Sabine Johnson-Reiser is a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Energy and Climate program. Her research focuses on Chinese energy and climate policies. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Carnegie Endowment.
China’s Jinsha River, literally the “Golden Sands” River, could soon live up to its rich name. The approximately 2300-km long upstream section of the Yangtze River is the site of
China’s dependence on other nations’ coal exports is growing. In 2009, China imported 126 million tons (Mt) of coal and became a net coal importer. In 2011, China sourced 182