Data show China passing US as biggest oil importer
BEIJING (AP) - China has achieved another world-beating status its leaders don't want: Biggest oil importer.
China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to US government data released this week.
Chinese oil consumption outstripped production by 6.3 million barrels per day, which indicates the country had to import that much to fill the gap, the Energy Information Administration said this week.
"China's steady growth in oil demand has led it to become the world's largest net oil importer, exceeding the United States in September 2013,"' the agency said in a report. "EIA forecasts this trend to continue through 2014."