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China Ambiguous on U.S.-Coordinated Strategic Petroleum Release

  • China didn’t acknowledge coordination at ministry briefing
  • Nationalist newspaper indicated shared interest on release
Oil storage tanks on the outskirts of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has been ambiguous in its position over a U.S.-coordinated release of strategic oil reserves, although the country is named as one of the participants in American-led efforts to cool off prices. 

“China is maintaining close communication with relevant parties, including oil consuming and producing countries, to ensure long-term stable operation of the oil market,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing in Beijing on Wednesday in response to questions. He added that the nation had noted recent actions taken by major oil-consuming countries on reserves.