Attacks on Saudi oil facilities have halved the kingdom’s output. Photo: Reuters

China calls for calm in aftermath of drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities

  • King Salman briefs Chinese president on attacks and says ties between two countries are ‘solid and good’
  • Beijing is caught between its biggest source of imported oil and a country with huge market potential, observers say
Topic |   Saudi Arabia

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Attacks on Saudi oil facilities have halved the kingdom’s output. Photo: Reuters
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A satellite image shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq after the drone strikes on Saturday. Photo: Planet Labs via AP

Drone strikes in Saudi Arabia may push China to diversify oil supply, analysts say

  • Country has become increasingly reliant on crude from the gulf state over past year as it reduced imports from suppliers like the US and Iran
  • That could leave Beijing in a precarious position, according to experts
Topic |   Saudi Arabia

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A satellite image shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq after the drone strikes on Saturday. Photo: Planet Labs via AP
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