Chinese oil exec attacks ‘misconception’ about country’s global intentions

Li said the Chinese companies are commercial participants in the oil-and-gas market, noting China is not seeking to “hold each barrel” of oil it develops.

“This notion does not make any commercial sense,” Li said at the IHS CERAWeek conference. “We sell our products at [the] best available distribution systems to maximize commercial value.”

“Chinese oil companies are active participants in both [the] demand and supply side of the oil market,” he said.

The Nexen deal was China’s largest overseas acquisition to date, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But there have been many others.

Since 2009 China’s national oil-and-gas companies have purchased assets in the Middle East, North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, according to EIA.

China recently slipped ahead of the U.S. as the world’s biggest oil importer, according to news accounts (here and here) that cite figures from December.