China told its state-owned gas importers to stop reselling LNG to energy-starved buyers in Europe and Asia in order to ensure its own supply for the winter heating season. The National Development and Reform Commission, the nation’s top economic planner, asked PetroChina Co. , Sinopec and Cnooc Ltd. to keep winter cargoes for domestic use, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named as the information isn’t public. While the sales had offered some relief to European buyers, rapidly filling inventories and record-high shipping costs also reduced the appeal of reshipping fuel, they said. The commission did not immediately response to a fax seeking comment. The state-owned firms didn’t respond to requests for comment. Forecasts for a small gas supply deficit likely spurred the move by Beijing, which has pledged […]