Highlights US-China trade dispute pulling more Libyan crude east Almost 200,000 b/d has flowed to Asia in 2018 More than 20% of exports poised to go east Key buyers include China, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand London — Asian appetite for Libyan crude is climbing sharply this year aided by strong refinery margins, firm middle distillate cracks and low freight rates, as Asian refineries start to run sweeter crude slates. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now Demand is expected to grow even higher in the coming months as China starts to increase its purchases of crude from Libya, coinciding with a fall in its imports of US crude as threats of tariffs still linger, sources told S&P Global Platts. Libyan crude — which is typically light, low in sulfur and yields a good amount of middle distillates and gasoline — is extremely popular among refineries […]