Mongolia is ramping up efforts to export coal to China, according to Agence France-Presse. Mongolia exports 86% of its goods to China, with coal accounting for more than half of that total, and it is upgrading its infrastructure in the hopes of selling even more to its southern neighbor. “We need to use this window of opportunity, use the next 10 years to be able to export as much coal as we can,” said deputy mining minister Batnairamdal Otgonshar. Mongolia has shipped 19 million mt of coal to China so far this year, already exceeding 2021’s 16 million mt total. Government officials want Mongolia to surpass the record 37 million mt sent in 2019 and to keep supplying China with a steady stream of coal well into the next decade. “Coking demand won’t decline in the next 10 years, but the technology may change,” Batnairamdal said. “The next 10 years remain an opportunity.” Batnairamdal is pushing for Mongolia to invest heavily in coal and new railways to connect to China’s ports and processing plants. A new 233-km rail line now connects the Tavan Tolgoi mine to the Gashuun Sukhait border, a project that took 14 years to complete.