Exclusive-China agrees with U.S. to release oil reserves near Lunar New Year – sources

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By Nidhi Verma and Timothy Gardner (Reuters) – China will release crude oil from its national strategic stockpiles around the Lunar New Year holidays that start on Feb. 1 as part of a plan coordinated by the United States with other major consumers to reduce global prices, sources told Reuters. The sources, who have knowledge of talks between the world’s top two crude consumers, said China agreed in late 2021 to release an unspecified amount of oil depending on price levels. “China agreed to release a relatively bigger amount if oil is above $85 a barrel, and a smaller volume if oil stays near…

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