Lights out in parts of China

September 29, 2021

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In this Nov. 28, 2019, file photo, smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province.

Smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province, Nov. 28, 2019. Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet government energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. 

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