Deals signed during the visit of Premier Li Keqiang coincide with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s efforts to kick-start an economy that is forecast to contract 1.2 percent this year, its worst performance in a quarter-century.
“Early on in our project, we were quite frankly warned by the Department of Energy that it would not be looked at as politically correct for us to have a large Chinese customer,Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith said.
China’s new ranking shows how the U.S. shale boom is reshaping flows of oil around the world as suppliers hunt for buyers amid a global glut. A surge in American production is reducing the need for the world’s biggest economy to import crude while the Asian nation seeks to take advantage of a slump in prices to fill its emergency stockpiles.
The two nations are building emergency stockpiles with millions of barrels of crude that mirror the reserves of oil and refined products that the U.S. and its western allies amassed after the first oil crisis of 1973 to 1974.
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