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Elevating trade tensions between the US and China weighed heavy on the oil prices in the international market on Thursday, counteracting the fall in US crude stocks. Benchmark Brent crude dropped 0.9%, to $69.72 per barrel. US WTI crude fell 1%, to $61.52 per barrel. The US will enforce higher tariffs on Chinese goods from Friday, during the two-day visit of Chinese Vice Premier Liu He to Washington from Thursday.