China's imports of crude oil increased 6.5 percent year-on-year and reached 299 million tons in the first eight months of 2018, according to customs data revealed on Saturday.
The country's coal, natural gas and refined oil imports were also up in the January-August period, China's General Administration of Customs said.
The country imported 204 million tons of coal in the first eight months of the year, up 14.7 percent year-on-year.
Natural gas imports hit 57.18 million tons over the same period, marking an increase of 34.8 percent on an annual basis, while refined oil imports stood at 21.85 million tons, rising 8.7 percent over the same period of 2017.
The rise in imports comes after major Chinese energy companies assured the public that all measures had been taken to avoid any energy shortages for the upcoming winter season.
By Hale Turkes