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US to ban passenger flights from China from 17 June

US to ban passenger flights from China from 17 June

By Semi Turaga
Thursday 04/06/2020

The US is to ban passenger flights from China from 17 June, in the latest sign of tensions between the two economic giants.

BBC News reports that the US Department of Transportation said it is punishing Beijing for refusing to let US airlines resume flights to China as its pandemic subsides.

In recent weeks the countries have sparred over coronavirus and China's policies in Hong Kong.

But the US said it would continue to "engage" on the air travel issue. BBC News reports the Department of Transportation order applies to four airlines - Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines - which have continued to fly between the two countries during the pandemic, although at reduced levels.

It needs final approval from US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly accused China of engaging in unfair trade, and in recent weeks criticised its handling of coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong.

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