OPEC and China announce union to help oil market

On the morning of Wednesday (20), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and China publicly committed, through a note, to join forces to help stabilize the world commodity market. Since last year, oil prices have already dropped and due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are experiencing a sharp drop. 

The note was released after a virtual meeting that discussed the impact of covid-19 on the global economy and the oil market, as well as the effects on the domestic commodity market in China. "The meeting also reached consensus on the importance of energy security and maintaining stability in energy markets, strengthening collaboration between OPEC and China, and supporting and promoting the unique importance of multilateralism and globalization." Zhang

Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration of the People's Republic of China, told OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo that the country is already recovering. "The country hopes to recover its old energy consumption patterns soon, which should help support the oil industry. He added that China wants to work closely with OPEC to stabilize the global oil industry, ensure future energy security for the world and facilitate the energy transition," the statement said.

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