China’s Oil Sale Is A Clear Message To OPEC+

China made headlines last week with the news that it was going to release some crude oil from its strategic petroleum reserve and sell it in a move that Bloomberg called “an unprecedented intervention.” Indeed, this was the first time China announced the sale of oil from its strategic reserve. The size of this reserve is unknown as the government never releases that data, but analysts have been using satellite imaging to estimate just how much oil China has in storage. The reason for the move was, of course, oil prices. At over $70 per barrel,…