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China in Talks With Russia to Buy Oil for Strategic Reserves

  • Beijing in discussions with Moscow to buy more Russian oil
  • Cheap Russian oil is opportunity for China to add to reserves
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WATCH: China is seeking to replenish its strategic crude stockpiles with cheap Russian oil. Anna Kitanaka reports.Source: Bloomberg
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China is seeking to replenish its strategic crude stockpiles with cheap Russian oil, a sign Beijing is strengthening its energy ties with Moscow just as Europe works toward banning imports due to the war in Ukraine.

Beijing is in discussions with Moscow to buy additional supplies, according to people with knowledge of the plan who asked not to be named as the matter is private. Crude would be used to fill China’s strategic petroleum reserves, and talks are being conducted at a government level with little direct involvement from oil companies, said one person.