China is continuing to reduce its oil and gas imports as sluggish economic growth is blamed on the nation’s stringent measures aimed at controlling variants of the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s second largest energy consumer imported 252.52 million tonnes of crude oil in the first six months of 2022, down 3.1% compared to the same period last year.

China's natural gas imports including liquefied natural gas were down 10% to 53.57 million tonnes in the same period. The month of June witnessed an even sharper year-on-year decline in gas imports - down 15% to 8.72