A petrol attendant fills a car at a China National Petroleum Corp. petrol station in Beijing Thursday. China passed the United States in September as the world's biggest net oil importer, driven by faster economic growth and strong auto sales, according to U.S. government data released this week. Chinese oil consumption outstripped production by 6.3 million barrels per day, which indicates the country had to import that much to fill the gap, the Energy Information Administration said this week. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)




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