Angola Passes Saudi Arabia to Become China's Top Oil Supplier

March 29 (Bloomberg) -- Angola passed Saudi Arabia to become China's top oil supplier in February as the world's fourth-largest economy turned to Africa to meet rising demand.

Angola shipped 456,000 barrels a day to China in the first two months of the year, analyst PetroMatrix Gmbh said. That's 15 percent of China's imports and more than Saudi Arabia and Iran, OPEC's top two exporters, supplied. West African producers Congo and Equatorial Guinea are among China's ten-largest oil sources.

Cn Ocean is almost twice as long as the journey from the Middle East to China, tying up ships for longer.

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