According to Reuters, China is seeking to build enough new ethanol plants to produce 6.6 million tons of biofuel annually.
Don Kejun, a researcher at the China National Renewable Energy Centre, told the British news outlet that China's ethanol production reached 2.8 million tons in 2017.
But, he said, in light of a recent government mandate that significantly increases the amount of ethanol that needs to be blended in fuels by 2020, the country needs to do much more.
Reuters said that in order to meet its own standards, China would ideally have to increase its annual production of ethanol to 15 million tons -- a tall, and in the short-term, impossible order.
To make up the difference in the near-term, China will likely need to import a significant volume of ethanol from overseas suppliers such as the United States and Brazil.
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Reuters report on Chinese ethanol