Green groups say Xi's coal pledge should end plans for Chinese-built power plant in Limpopo

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A coalition of South African environmental advocacy groups has welcomed a pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping not to build new coal-fired power stations abroad, saying this will likely halt a proposal to build a Chinese-backed coal power plant in Limpopo. 

Xi made the remark during a prerecorded address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. According to the official translation of his speech, he stressed the need for an "active" global response to climate change.

"China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad," he said.

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