As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In . - NPRMar 14, 2017 . State-run coal mines are shutting down in China's rust belt. Facing layoffs, miners are worried about their future — and in the absence of labor.coal mining from china,Coal in China - WikipediaIt is estimated that coal mine fires in China burn about 200 million kg of coal each year. Small illegal fires are frequent in the northern.