China has been seen as the world leader in the battle to cut carbon emissions and prevent a global environmental catastrophe, after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement on global climate change in 2017.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, mining machines work in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China's largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, mining machines work in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, smoke rises from the chimney of Serbia's main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are the world's largest investors in overseas coal plants. They are involved in the building of about a fifth of new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in the countries along its ambitious
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, smoke rises from the chimney of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are the world’s largest investors in overseas coal plants. They are involved in the building of about a fifth of new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in the countries along its ambitious “Belt and Road” investment program which is seen in the West as an attempt by China to globally increase its political and economic influence. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, a chimney of Serbia's main coal-fired power station can be seen from the village of Drmno, Serbia. Chinese companies are the world's largest investors in overseas coal plants. They are involved in the building of about a fifth of new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in the countries along its ambitious
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, a chimney of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station can be seen from the village of Drmno, Serbia. Chinese companies are the world’s largest investors in overseas coal plants. They are involved in the building of about a fifth of new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in the countries along its ambitious “Belt and Road” investment program which is seen in the West as an attempt by China to globally increase its political and economic influence. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a warning sign of existing high voltage at the fence of Serbia's main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a warning sign of existing high voltage at the fence of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, workers prepare a new lignite excavator in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China's largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, workers prepare a new lignite excavator in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

China tackles pollution at home, but is pursuing a very different policy abroad. It is investing into coal-powered plants globally, including Serbia.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a new lignite excavator stands in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China's largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a new lignite excavator stands in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a plane flies over smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia's main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a plane flies over smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a flock of pigeons flies over smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia's main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a flock of pigeons flies over smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a worker inspects works on huge chimney for the new, so-called
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a worker inspects works on huge chimney for the new, so-called “Kostolac Bloc 3” in Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, workers prepare a new lignite excavator in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China's largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, workers prepare a new lignite excavator in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

A foul smell permeates the air in the eastern Serbian mining town of Kostolac, where people rarely open their windows as thick smoke billows from huge chimneys of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a bird flies past as smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia's main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a bird flies past as smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious “Belt and Road” investment program that is seen in the West as China’s attempt to globally increase its zone of political and economic influence. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a sign of the new, so-called
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, a sign of the new, so-called “Kostolac Bloc 3” at the fence of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. The Kostolac power plant complex in eastern Serbia is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, a chimney of Serbia's main coal-fired power station are seen from the village of Drmno, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, a chimney of Serbia’s main coal-fired power station are seen from the village of Drmno, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious “Belt and Road” investment program that is seen in the West as China’s attempt to globally increase its zone of political and economic influence. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, workers prepare a new lignite excavator in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, workers prepare a new lignite excavator in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious “Belt and Road” investment program that is seen in the West as China’s attempt to globally increase its zone of political and economic influence. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, mining machines work in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, mining machines work in the open cast mine near Kostolac, Serbia. Chinese companies are currently involved in the construction of about a fifth of the new coal-fired energy capacity around the world, mostly in countries along its ambitious “Belt and Road” investment program that is seen in the West as China’s attempt to globally increase its zone of political and economic influence. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Things are to get only worse for residents living close to the Kostolac power plant complex which is currently being expanded with a $715 million loan from a Chinese state bank and constructed by one of China’s largest companies.

Source: The Associated Press

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