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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

China Shuns Sanctions, Gets Half Its Oil From Russia

Russia leapfrogged Saudi Arabia to become China's top crude oil supplier in 2023, defying Western sanctions to purchase vast quantities of discounted oil for its processing plants, as reported by Andrew Hayley for Reuters.


Russia shipped a record 107.02 million metric tons (MMT) of crude oil to China last year, equivalent to 2.14 million barrels per day (bpd). I Photo: ПАО «НК «Роснефть»



Russia shipped a record 107.02 million metric tons (MMT) of crude oil to China last year, equivalent to 2.14 million barrels per day (bpd), the Chinese customs data showed, far more than other major oil exporters such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq.


Imports from Saudi Arabia, previously China's largest supplier, fell 1.8% to 85.96 MMT as the Middle East oil giant lost market share to cheaper Russian crude.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Shunned by many international buyers following Western sanctions over the Kremlin's 2022 invasion of Ukraine, Russian crude oil traded at significant discounts to international benchmarks for much of last year amid a Western-imposed price cap.


Demand from Chinese and Indian refiners for the discounted oil boosted the price of Russian ESPO crude through 2023, pushing past the Group of Seven's $ 60-a-barrel price cap imposed in December 2022.




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