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  • Despite crude oil production cuts, Saudi Arabian crude oil exports to some Asian countries have increasedThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that during May 2019, Saudi Arabia's crude oil production approached a four-year low, averaging an estimated 9.9 million barrels per day (b/d).
  • Four Asia Pacific countries that publish crude oil imports by country of origin—China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—collectively imported an average of 3.5 million b/d of crude oil from Saudi Arabia in 2018 (Figure 2).
  • China's crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia, in particular, have increased by 0.4 million b/d year-to-date through April compared with the 2018 annual average, significantly higher than Japan's increase of less than 0.1 million b/d.



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