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hina Petrole上海会所品茶微信um and Chemical Corp, the world’s larg
est refiner by volume, has agreed to establish a joint venture with Russia’s Novatek and Gazp
rombank to market natural and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in China, Sinopec said on Thursday.
The agreement, which aims to sell LNG produced by Novatek in the Arctic, was signed fo
llowing talks in Moscow between Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
The agreement will be of considerable economic and social benefit an
d will further diversify China’s natural gas imports, while meeting ever-increasing ga
s demand in the country, said Dai Houliang, China Petrochemical Corp president.
eign exchange reserves at $3.095 trillion at the end of April. The reserve amount was stable, altho
ugh it slightly retreated from $3.098 trillion at the end of March, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
Li Yang, director of the National Institution for Finance and Development of the Chinese Academy
of Social Sciences, said that China is unlikely to sacrifice foreign exchange reserves to de
fend its currency, even if depreciation pressure rises amid any escalation in trade tension.
In May, the offshore RMB exchange rate against the US dollar dropped more than 3 percen
t under market pressure as global investors worried about the escalation of trade friction.
Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, said on Monday that higher US tariffs on Chin
a’s imports triggered financial market volatility, and this also affected the offshore RMB.