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China Has Been Quietly Reselling Russian Gas to Europe

An LNG import terminal in Rotterdam. Federico Gambarini/Picture Alliance/Getty Images
An LNG import terminal in Rotterdam. Federico Gambarini/Picture Alliance/Getty Images

China’s economic slowdown has left it with a surplus of natural gas that it is re-selling to energy-strapped Europe, according to a report.

Boosted by cargoes from China, Europe’s imports of liquefied natural gas jumped 60% year-on-year in the first half of 2002, according to a Nikkei report citing data from research firm Kpler.

China’s economy has slowed sharply in 2022 as Beijing implemented a strict zero-COVID policy and as a crisis grips the country’s highly indebted property sector. Economists think it is likely to fall well short of the government’s aim of  5.5% growth.

The economic slowdown has left some Chinese companies with a surplus of natural gas — and they have been able to export this to Europe, where countries face a severe energy crisis.

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