Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is worried about the U.S.-China trade war. Even though oil prices seem to be stabilizing, Barkindo told CNBC News that OPEC was “concerned about the lingering trade disputes.”
Last week, it was reported that China’s car sales fell by 6 percent in 2018, the first annual decline seen in more than twenty years, amid signs that China’s economy could be slowing down and consumer sentiment turning more pessimistic.
Chinese oil demand, which represents over 12 percent of total world demand, is a linchpin to global oil markets. When China’s economy slows significantly, the effect on oil prices can be dramatic, potentially leading to single digit prices, which has happened in the past.