US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in spat with Beijing Jun 04, 2020 0 2213 12345 AFPWashingtonThe United States on Tuesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the country after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China.“US carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1st. The Chinese government’s failure to approve their requests is a violation of our Air Transport Agreement,” the US Transportation Department (DoT) said in a statement.The suspension order takes effect June 16, but could be implemented sooner if President Donald Trump orders it, the statement said.US air carriers sharply reduced or suspended service to China amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but United and Delta submitted applications at the beginning of May to resume flights and have been unable to receive authorization from Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), DoT said.Coming at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing, the latest spat centers partially on the CAAC deciding to determine its limit on foreign airlines based on their activity on March 12.But US carriers by then had suspended all flights due to the pandemic -- meaning their cap was calculated to be zero -- while Chinese-flagged flights continued.The “arbitrary ‘baseline’ date... effectively precludes US carriers from reinstating scheduled passenger flights to and from China,” the DoT order says.The department also said there are indications Chinese airlines are using charter flights to get around the limit of one flight a week to increase the advantage over US carriers.“Our overriding goal is not the perpetuation of this situation, but rather an improved environment wherein the carriers of both parties will be able to exercise fully their bilateral rights,” DoT said in the order.In early January 2020, before the pandemic struck, US and Chinese carriers operated approximately 325 weekly flights between the two countries. RELATED ARTICLES Spain’s doctors, nurses awarded Asturias prize for COVID-19 efforts Jun 04, 2020 0 687 UK PM condemns George Floyd killing as protesters take to London streets Jun 04, 2020 0 1455 Pentagon chief opposes Trump’s threat of military deployment to quell protests Jun 04, 2020 0 1085 UN accuses Asian nations of censorship during pandemic AFP Geneva The UN rights chief warned on Wednesday that China and other Asian countries were using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to clamp down on free expression and tighten censorship. In a statement, Michelle .. China warns Britain interfering in Hong Kong will ‘backfire’ Beijing China warned Britain on Wednesday that interfering in Hong Kong will backfire, after the former colonial power vowed to give sanctuary to locals who may flee the city if a controversial security law is passed. The .. Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river. The spill of over 20,000 .. Bolsonaro appoints general interim health minister amid pandemic BOGOTA: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has appointed an army general the country’s interim health minister, after the two previous health ministers resigned over his handling of the country’s soaring COVID-19 .. Venezuela’s Maduro and Guaido agree to cooperate in virus fight CARACAS: The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido have reached an agreement to cooperate to raise funds for the fight against the coronavirus, they said on Tuesday. With .. WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials GENEVA: The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments. More than 3,500 patients have been .. Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied media reports that he was rushed for his safety to the White House bunker while protests raged in the streets outside. “It was a false report,” Trump told Fox News .. Snapchat curbs Trump posts for inciting ‘racial violence’ SAN FRANCISCO: Snapchat on Wednesday stopped promoting posts by US President Donald Trump, saying they incite “racial violence.” “We are not currently promoting the president’s content on Snapchat’s Discover ..