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Deliveries had reportedly been expected to start March 1, but that deadline has come and gone.
Beijing is leaning toward buying additional Central Asian gas, despite reliability concerns.
Production is falling as demand increases, forcing country to look to Russia for energy supplies.
Voices are calling very loudly for the EU to shut off deliveries of Russian gas immediately. Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, Germany has paid Russia some €9bn a week for gas imports that critics say is being used to fund the Putin war.
National gas company Naftogaz and the pipeline operator Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine claimed on October 1 that last week’s deal by Russia’s Gazprom to supply Hungary is use of gas as a "weapon" and have called for sanctions.