US, China conflict over airlines

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Chinese authorities said they oppose all US restrictions imposed on Chinese airlines in response to a message that the US Department of Transportation demanded that Chinese carriers submit their timetables and other flight data before May 27, reports Reuters.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing’s flight restrictions apply to all airlines equally and were caused by efforts to limit the risks associated with the spread of coronavirus.

U.S. authorities have previously blamed the Chinese government for not allowing U.S. airlines to resume service in China.

President Donald Trump’s administration was unable to impose restrictions on Chinese carriers, but said negotiations with China did not lead to an agreement.

The US Department of Transportation, which is trying to persuade China to allow US airlines to resume service there, delayed several Chinese charter flights briefly earlier this week for not complying with notification requirements.

In an order posted on the US government’s website, the department noted that Delta Air Lines and United Airlines wanted to resume flights to China in June, as Chinese carriers continued to fly to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order states that Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines Co, Hainan Airlines Holding Co and their subsidiaries must provide flight information and other flight details by May 27. The department warned that Chinese flights may be considered to violate the law or adversely affect public interests.

The ministry said in a statement that it has repeatedly protested the situation against the Chinese authorities, repeatedly objecting to the fact that China does not allow American carriers to fully exercise their rights, and also denies American carriers their right to compete fairly and equally with the Chinese. The US agency called the situation “critical.”

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