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  • China becomes world’s second largest LNG importer, behind Japan

    top five LNG importers, as explained in the article text
    Source: GIIGNL LNG reports (2013-16), Global Trade Tracker export-import trade statistics (2017), and IHS Markit

    China surpassed South Korea to become the world’s second-largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2017, according to data from IHS Markit and official Chinese government statistics. Chinese imports of LNG averaged 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, exceeded only by Japanese imports of 11 Bcf/d. Imports of LNG by China, driven by government policies designed to reduce air pollution, increased by 1.6 Bcf/d (46%) in 2017, with monthly imports reaching 7.8 Bcf/d in December.

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