China increased its coal imports in July by 14 percent to their highest in 4-1/2 years, official data showed on Wednesday, as rising temperatures boosted demand for coal-fired power to run air conditioners in the world’s top buyer of the fuel. Arrivals came in at 29.01 million tonnes last month, the General Administration of Customs said. That is the highest since January 2014. Imports rose 23.9 percent from 25.47 million tonnes in June and climbed 49.1 percent from 19.46 million tonnes in July 2017. Electric power loads on the transmission grid in parts of China soared late last month because of high temperatures, with southern areas of the Hebei province that surrounds Beijing […]