The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, announced Wednesday night that the prices of gasoline, diesel oil and aviation kerosene would be raised by 500 yuan ($68) per ton.
That translates into motorists paying 0.4 yuan or 0.46 yuan more per litre of gasoline or diesel.
The change was made to narrow the gap between soaring crude oil prices and state-set retail prices, the country's main planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, said in a statement.
"To ensure the supply of domestic oil products and the promotion of energy conservation, the state decided to properly increase the prices of oil products," the NDRC said. It said the price rise also would apply to aviation fuel.
Some customers and Chinese media accused oil companies of creating phony shortages to force