Most Asian countries have real problems to deal with. Their populations expect to catch up with the developed world which also means that they are on an ever-growing energy consumption arc. Their energy systems are constantly overstretched and don’t have a lot of capacity to deal with highly unstable power sources such as wind and solar. They need stability and reliability. Their only issue with coal is the lack of exhaust treatment. Their coal plants could be as clean as those in the developed world but thats a cost on top. Coal is still king, and it will remain a very large player for a very long time to come.
Despite the U.S. and Europe shuttering coal-fired power plants, coal remains a major fuel in global energy systems. In 2018, global coal demand rebounded