The Trump administration moved Wednesday to block Chinese airlines from flying to the U.S., in an obvious escalation of commerce and journey tensions between the 2 nations.
The Transportation Department mentioned it might droop passenger flights of 4 Chinese airlines to and from the U.S. as of June 16.
The determination got here in response to China’s failure to let U.S.-based United Airlines and Delta Air Lines resume flights this week to China, which had been suspended earlier this 12 months in response to the Corona Virus pandemic that originated in China’s Wuhan province.
The Transportation Department added that China was violating an settlement between the 2 nations overlaying flights by one another’s airlines.
“The Department will proceed to have interaction our Chinese counterparts so each U.S. and Chinese carriers can absolutely train their bilateral rights,” the company mentioned in a press release. “In the meantime, we’ll permit Chinese carriers to function the identical variety of scheduled passenger flights because the Chinese authorities permits ours.”
The division mentioned President Donald Trump may put the order into impact earlier than June 16.