UPDATE 2-Oil prices fall on surprise U.S. inventory rise; China crude volatile


* Brent fall below $70/barrel, WTI dips below $65/barrel

* Saudi Arabia proposes long-term supply management with Russia

* Shanghai crude sees high volumes, but also strong volatility

* Shanghai crude drops more than 4 percent to just over 400 yuan/b (Adds comment, updates prices)

SINGAPORE, March 28 (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Wednesday, with Brent dropping back below $70 per barrel and U.S. West Texas Intermediate crudes dipping below $65, pulled down by a report of increasing U.S. crude inventories that surprised many traders.

U.S. WTI crude futures were at $64.73 a barrel by 0611 GMT, down 52 cents, or 0.8 percent, from their previous settlement.

Brent crude futures were at $69.66 per barrel, down 45 cents, or 0.6 percent.

Traders said the falls came after the American Petroleum Institute (API) late on Tuesday reported a surprise 5.3 million barrels rise in crude sticks in the week to March 23, to 430.6 million barrels.

Official U.S. inventory data will be published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) late on Wednesday.

"We'll see how the inventory data looks... For the moment it is looking like both WTI and Brent are stalling," said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at futures brokerage AxiTrader.

Robert Carnell, chief economist and head of research at Dutch bank ING in Asia told the Reuters Global Markets Forum on Wednesday that "more supply coming from the U.S." would also likely weigh on oil prices.

U.S. oil production has already jumped by almost a quarter since mid-2016, to 10.4 million barrels per day (bpd) <C-OUT-T-EIA>, taking it past top exporter Saudi Arabia and within reach of the biggest producer, Russia, which pumps around 11 million bpd.

Wednesday's price falls came despite Saudi Arabia saying it was working with Russia on a historic long-term pact that could extend controls over world crude supplies by major exporters for many years.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Reuters that Riyadh and Moscow were considering greatly extending a short-term alliance on oil curbs that began in January 2017 after a crash in crude prices, with a partnership to manage supplies potentially growing "to a 10-to-20-year agreement."


In Asia, Shanghai crude oil futures saw their third day of trading continuing with high volume and volatile trading.

Spot Shanghai crude futures were down by 4.1 percent on Wednesday, to 408.9 yuan ($65.09) per barrel by 0612 GMT.

In dollar-terms, that puts Chinese crude prices significantly below Brent and only slightly above U.S. WTI.

Since Shanghai crude oil futures were launched on March 26, it would have been profitable to buy the spread between Brent and Shanghai crudes, which has risen from $1.6 per barrel on Monday to $4.6 on Wednesday, while shorting the Shanghai premium over WTI, which has narrowed from $3.1 a barrel on Monday to just 30 cents on Wednesday.

McKenna said he hoped Shanghai crude "gets a lot of traction and we end up with three established global benchmarks", but he cautioned that "the first couple of days have been volatile". ($1 = 6.2821 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Henning Gloystein; editing by Richard Pullin and Aaron Sheldrick)