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China Targets Some Australian LNG as Trade Dispute Widens

  • Two small buyers asked not to make new purchases from exporter
  • Australia shipped about $10 billion of LNG to China last year
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At least two of China’s smaller liquefied natural gas importers have been told to avoid buying new cargoes from Australia, a further example of the impact on trade from souring ties between the two countries.

The firms have received verbal orders from government officials to avoid purchasing additional LNG from Australia for delivery over the next year, according to people with knowledge of the directive, who asked not to be identified as the details aren’t public.