Barclays estimates that China’s demand for oil will grow 5% in the year 2013. China National People’s Congress expects modest growth across Chinese industries, as a whole, but does not expect any decrease in China’s need for oil. China is the world’s largest energy consumer and the second biggest consumer of oil, using 9.8 million barrels per day in 2011. This represented a 4% increase (400,000 barrels) from the year 2010. Reasons for the projected increase in oil demand are: rebounding from a bottom-out in mid 2012, manufacturing activity returning to a mild expansionary phase, and the recovery of auto sales despite current purchasing restrictions. China will need to keep importing more oil to meet its rising demand, because it does not produce enough oil domestically to meet its needs.