- OPEC+’s voluntary cuts have put upward pressure on oil prices. The cuts can be easily reversed depending on developments in the market.
- Several factors played a role in OPEC+’s decision, but the oil price remains the main reason.
- Historically, OPEC used to chase demand. In the last few years, however, it has been acting more proactively.
- Asian countries, such as China, are diversifying their sources of oil to further enhance their security of supply. However, this doesn’t mean that they will drastically reduce their dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Asia is the main growth centre for oil demand in the future, and the Middle East is the main growth centre for oil supply.
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