A worker fills up a van at a China Petrochemical Corp gas station in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. (Long Wei / For China Daily)
BEIJING - China will cut the retail prices of both gasoline
and diesel for the fifth time this year from Friday following a drop in global
oil prices, the country's top economic planner said Friday.
Gas prices will decrease by 180 yuan (about US$26) per tonne, while the diesel price will be lowered by 175 yuan per tonne, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
China adjusts domestic retail oil prices when international crude prices change by more than 50 yuan per tonne within a 10 working-day period.
Global crude prices have fallen in recent weeks following expansion of US crude oil output and inventories. The NDRC expected global crude prices to continue to fluctuate, tempered by the effects of falling OPEC output and rising US production.
The NDRC said it is closely monitoring the current pricing mechanism and will continue improvements based on market changes.