China's crude oil imports in October rose 11.5% from a year earlier to a record high, customs data showed on Friday, as new refineries bolstered demand and small independent plants maintained throughput amid steady refining margins.

However, natural gas imports last month fell 10.6% from a year earlier, its first decline since November 2016, according to Reuters' records of customs data.

China, the world's top oil importer, brought in 45.51 million tonnes of crude last month, equivalent to 10.72