Zhongneng Beihai liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker is seen berthed at Sinopec's LNG terminal in Tianjin, China February 6, 2018. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Last July, U.S. President Donald Trump stood beside his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, in Warsaw and promised to help wean the nation off Russian energy imports.Six months after Trump's trip, Poland has contracted for imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, and coal, and announced it will not renew a gas supply deal with Russia's state-owned Gazprom when it expires in 2022 -- halting an exclusive and troubled relationship dating to 1944 .Natural gas output has also soared, making America the world's top producer of the fuel.Lithuania, Ukraine, China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam are among the more than 30 countries that have recently cut U.S. energy supply deals over the past two years -- many for the first time.The administration also hopes to use energy exports to reduce yawning trade deficits with partners -- particularly with China, which last year exported goods to the United States worth $347 billion more than it imported.China has become a top customer of U.S. LNG and is now the second-largest buyer of U.S. crude behind Canada. U.S. coal exports to Asia have also risen in recent months as ailing U.S. mining companies search for alternatives to the weak domestic market.
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