US News: The US government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for US airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Ch

US accuses China of blocking its flights, demands action - Times of India

The administration of President Donald Trump stopped short of imposing restrictions on Chinese air carriers but said talks with China had failed to produce an agreement. The US Transportation Department, which is trying to persuade China to allow the resumption of US passenger airline service there, earlier this week briefly delayed a few Chinese charter flights for not complying with notice requirements. In an order posted on a US government website and seen by Reuters, the department noted Delta Air Lines and United Airlines want to resume flights to China in June, even as Chinese carriers have continued US flights during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department warned it could find Chinese flights "contrary to applicable law or adversely affect the public interest." The department said in a statement it has "protested this situation to the Chinese authorities, repeatedly objecting to China’s failure to let U.S. carriers fully exercise their rights and to the denial to US carriers of their right to compete on a fair and equal basis with Chinese carriers" and called the situation "critical." On Jan. 31, the US government barred from entry most non-US citizens who had been in China within the previous 14 days but did not impose any restrictions on Chinese flights. Major US carriers voluntarily decided to halt all passenger flights to China in February. Delta had requested approval for a daily flight to Shanghai Pudong airport from Detroit and Seattle, while United had asked to fly daily to Shanghai Pudong from San Francisco and Newark airport near New York and between San Francisco and Beijing. The CAAC in late March said Chinese airlines could maintain just one weekly passenger flight on one route to any given country and that carriers could fly no more than the number of flights they were flying on March 12, according to the US order. Earlier on Friday, the US Commerce Department added 33 Chinese companies and institutions to an economic blacklist for alleged human rights violations and to address US national security concerns involving weapons of mass destruction and other military activities.

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