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China’s BRI in Turkey: Major environment damages

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The coal-fired Hunutlu Thermal Plant in Turkey, which is a part of China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI), has met with stiff opposition from environmentalists. The project is said to be detrimental to the environment and violates the pledge to develop “green” BRI by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • There have been campaigns by non-profits as well as online groups against the power plant which they say will lead to an estimated additional 2,000 premature deaths in Turkey’s Adana as the coal-fired thermal power station will have a negative impact on human health, biodiversity, agricultural production and climate. They said the power generation using imported coal will not help local communities but rather they will bear the brunt.
  • Now, a group of over 20 international non-governmental organisations have demanded China stop financing the project. China Development Bank, Bank of China, and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China have extended financial support to the power project that will generate 1,320 MW of electricity.
  • “In light of community opposition to the project, as well as the lack of legal compliance, we respectfully ask that the financiers of........

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