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China's crude oil imports pick up speed after Q3 lull

Demand from private refiners and stockpiling of cheap oil will lead to record imports and support prices: analysts

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As China closes in on the United States as the world's biggest crude oil importer, demand from private refiners and stockpiling of cheap oil is expected to keep imports at record levels after a wobble in the third quarter.

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AS China closes in on the United States as the world's biggest crude oil importer, demand from private refiners and stockpiling of cheap oil is expected to keep imports at record levels after a wobble in the third quarter.

Despite slower growth in recent months - crude