A train carrying oil entering China from Russia. File photo by jason_she via Wikimedia Commons/Panoramio
Moscow/Beijing: Russia has sold crude oil to Beijing at a discounted rate, making it the biggest supplier of oil to China.
Russia made the move amid sanctions over the Ukraine war.
Imports of Russian oil rose by 55 percent from a year earlier to a record level in May, displacing Saudi Arabia as China's biggest provider, reports BBC.
China has ramped up purchases of Russian oil despite demand dampened by Covid curbs and a slowing economy.
China and Russia, last month, declared their friendship had "no limits".
And Chinese companies, including state refining giant Sinopec and state-run Zhenhua Oil, have increased their purchases of Russian crude in recent months after being offered heavy discounts as buyers in Europe and the US shunned Russian energy in line with sanctions over its war on Ukraine, BBC reported.
The imports into China, which include supplies pumped through the East Siberia Pacific Ocean pipeline and shipments by sea, totalled nearly 8.42m tonnes last month, according to data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.
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