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One of Australia’s largest coal miners is planning to raise $1 billion (US$740 million) through the sale of bonds in China and Asia amid increasing financial pressures locally due to climate change activism. Kevin Ball, the chief financial officer of Whitehaven Coal—which operates four coal mines in northwest New South Wales (NSW)—said Asian debt capital markets would be able to provide funding for “decades to come.” “We expect that to grow and expand over the next decade, so that is really why we want to try and put a foot in that,” he said during the company’s Quarterly Production Report. Ball said the company was planning to start issuing bonds sooner but would wait until the dust was settled around struggling Chinese property giant, Evergrande Group. “The China property market has probably put the frighteners under that at the moment, so I think we are waiting to see how that …