China in 2 minutes a day
Top news and analysis delivered to your inbox

As China goes from exporting oil to importing it, the industry’s fortunes plummet and new generations of workers look for opportunities elsewhere

n the city of Daqing, home to China’s biggest oil field, the industry was once so lively that it was held up as an example of industrial advancement and employed multiple generations of families. Since its production peaked 20 years ago, the field has been in decline, a struggle exacerbated by the proliferation of small refineries and the availability of cheaper oil from other places.
11 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
China in 2 minutes a day
Top news and analysis delivered to your inbox