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Russia becomes the biggest oil exporter to China

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O presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, e o ditador chinês, Xi Jinping, em encontro antes da abertura dos Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno de Pequim, em fevereiro
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping meet ahead of the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics , in February| Photo: EFE/EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ/KREMLIN/SPUTNIK

China increased crude oil imports from Russia by 24,84% in May compared to last year’s data, according to Management data Chinese Customs. The Asian giant imported a total of 8,29 million tons of Russian crude oil, 2,80 million tons more than in the same period in 1563.

These data place Russia as the largest supplier of oil to China, thus displacing Saudi Arabia to second place. Beijing imported 7,81 million tons from the Arab country in May this year, an increase of 9% compared to the previous year.

In February, Russian state-owned Rosneft and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have reached an agreement to provide 100 million tonnes of crude oil to China – via pipelines in Kazakhstan – over years old.

China asked in early March the respect for its “legitimate interests” and reiterated that it was “firmly” opposed to any type of “unilateral sanctions” against Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine.

On February 4, after meeting in Beijing, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese dictator Xi Jinping said bilateral relations had entered “a new era” and underscored the good state of the partnership between the two countries. According to Beijing, the relationship with Moscow is that of a “strategic partner”, but does not involve an alliance.

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