New Delhi: In another dramatic turn of events, the Donald Trump administration on Wednesday ordered suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines to and from the country soon after Beijing prevented American carriers to resume services to China.Also Read - Chinese TikTok Star Xiao Qiumei Falls to Death While Recording Livestream on a Crane, Video Surfaces
As per updates, the order of suspension comes into effect from June 16 but could be implemented before also if President Trump wants it to be. Also Read - Fire Breaks Out at Warehouse in China; 14 Killed, 26 Injured
“US carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1. The Chinese government’s failure to approve their requests is a violation of our Air Transport Agreement,” the US Transportation Department said in a statement to news agency AFP. Also Read - Disregards Common Sense, Defies Science: China on WHO's Plan For 2nd Phase of Probe Into Covid Origins
The move from the Trump administration penalises China after it failed to comply with the existing agreement between the two countries on flights.
The bilateral relationship between the two countries has also been strained in recent months amid escalating tensions due the coronavirus pandemic.
The order from the Trump administration applies to various Chinese airlines such as Air China, China Eastern Airlines Corp, China Southern Airlines Co and Hainan Airlines Holding Co.
The development comes after the Trump’s administration had on May 22 accused China of making it impossible for US airlines to resume service to China.