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

6 days ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
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.
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is the editor-in-chief of SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.