Bloomberg with this report of verbal instructions given to avoid buying new LNG cargoes from Australia over the next 12 months.
Bloomberg add that similar instructions have not been given to larger state-owned importers
these firms account for almost 90% of purchases
The news site say they sought clarification from China's National Development and Reform Commission but were not answered.
Strains between the two countries are triggering economic sanctions from China, weighing on Australian exports to China.