US To Block Entry Of Flights From China

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Retaliating to the bar on US-based airlines from entering China, the Trump administration has said it will suspend all operations of all passenger flights of China-based airlines to and from the US starting June 16. The order can be put to effect even before the due date if US President Donald Trump so directs.

“The US Department of Transportation, responding to the failure of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to permit US carriers to exercise the full extent of their bilateral right to conduct scheduled passenger air services to and from China, is suspending the scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United States,” said an order by the department.

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It said that as air transportation demand between the US and China decreased in late January 2020, the three US carriers operating scheduled passenger flights between the US and China — American Airlines Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc, and United Airlines Inc — drew down their scheduled US-China combination services by the beginning of February.

Chinese carriers also suspended some, but not all, of their US-China scheduled combination services.

In early January 2020, among US and Chinese carriers, there were approximately 325 weekly scheduled combination flights operated between the two countries. By mid-February, only 20 weekly scheduled combination flights by four Chinese carriers remained in the market. In mid-March, Chinese carriers increased service levels to 34 weekly flights.

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The order copy said that by March 12, US airlines had completely ceased flying passenger services to and from China, but Chinese carriers generally maintained a degree of passenger service during that time frame.

“In establishing an arbitrary ‘baseline’ date of March 12, 2020, as well as the other restrictions cited above, the CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) Notice effectively precludes US carriers from reinstating scheduled passenger flights to and from China and operating to the full extent of their bilateral rights, while Chinese carriers are able to maintain scheduled passenger service to and from each foreign market served as of the baseline date, including the United States,” it said.

The department views these restrictions as inconsistent with the Agreement and has voiced its objections to the CAAC, said the order.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump (Xinhua/Yao Dawei/Jin Yu/IANS)

The department further said that it has learned through diplomatic channels that Chinese carriers may be using passenger charter operations as a way of circumventing the CAAC Notice limitations on scheduled passenger services and thereby further increasing their advantage over US carriers in providing US-China passenger services.

“The Department is also concerned that some of the applications submitted to it for a number of these charter operations may not have accurately reflected the true nature of the services involved. All such charters are subject to prior approval by the Department,” it said.

The decision by the US comes as a major development as the US-China relations continue to deteriorate.

Border Row With India-The US censured China for resorting to aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India and not resolving the conflict as per the international law.

While expressing concern about the Chinese aggression against India in the Union Territory of Ladakh, Eliot Engel, Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that Beijing was demonstrating “once again that it’s willing to bully its neighbours rather than resolve conflicts according to international law”.

The McMahon Line is the red line marking the northern boundary of the disputed area

Hitting out at the Xi Jinping government, Engel said: “Countries must all abide by the same set of rules so that we don’t live in a world where might makes right.”

He strongly urged China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India.

The statement follows US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation in the ongoing face-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.

So far, both India and China have been using the established mechanisms and channels to resolve the border stand-off.

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