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China’s Imports of Iranian Oil Rise as U.S. Eyes Sanctions

Source: Kpler via Bloomberg News

China bought an average of 1.05 million barrels of Iranian oil per day for the first ten months of the year, as Iran’s output keeps growing. The data from the shipping tracker Vortexa shows that Chinese imports are the highest since 2018, when the U.S. imposed sanctions against Iran.

Now pressure is growing in Washington for stronger enforcement of the sanctions. Republican senators Jim Risch and Marco Rubio last week introduced a bill calling for closer scrutiny of China’s oil buys in order to tighten their enforcement.  

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