China's LNG imports grew by 12% year-on-year to 60.3 Mt in 2019. While it was a deceleration from 2018, it firmed the country's position as the second-largest LNG importer after Japan. The coronavirus outbreak and China's strict containment measures have dampened economic growth and energy demand. LNG demand's annual growth is expected to slow to 3% in 2020. Near-term demand will be affected by the lingering effects but we expect piped imports to be more affected than LNG. Despite short-term turbulence, we don't see the government making a U-turn in its determination to clean up China's energy mix. In the long term, gas demand will benefit from tougher environmental standards, less supply constraints and increased user affordability. We expect China's LNG demand to reach 81 Mt by 2025 and 124 Mt by 2040.