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LNG trading showing strain from US – China trade war

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According to Reuters, LNG trading between China and the US is beginning to show signs of the growing tensions between the two countries.

As the trade war continues and grows in intensity, fewer and fewer LNG shipments departing from the US have been bound for China.

China, which purchased 14% of all US LNG shipped between February 2016 and April 2018, purchased just one shipment from the US in May and none in June; compared to 14 in the early months of this year.

However, this should not be cause for widespread concern as there are reportedly a number of reasons for the slowdown, including seasonal influences and rising Australian LNG production.

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