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Chinese Authorities Ordered Oil Companies to Supply Fuel-Starving Countries

The companies have also been instructed to cooperate with independent refiners in supplying crude oil and buying oil products

China's economic planning agency said Tuesday it has ordered the country's biggest oil refiners to ensure adequate supplies to regions which suffer from fuel shortages, saying it expects the crisis to end soon.

Top leaders ordered state-owned China Petrochemical Corp., or Sinopec, and China National Petroleum Corp. on Nov. 24 to make every effort to ensure adequate supplies, especially in big cities, along key expressways and throughout regions where industrial production has been affected by fuel shortages, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a notice on its Web site.

The companies have also been instructed to cooperate with independent refiners in supplying crude oil and buying oil products, it said.