US bars 26 Chinese flights in dispute over COVID-19


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The US Department of Transportation is suspending 26 flights by Chinese airlines next month in a dispute over Beijing’s strict policies regarding travelers’ positive tests for COVID-19. The retaliatory move follows the Chinese government’s decision to limit inbound flights by US carriers including United Airlines Holdings Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc. China’s actions are “adverse to the public interest” and warrant “additional proportionate remedial action by the Department,” the US regulator said in an order on Thursday. The US government cited China’s practice of suspending flights by airlines if too many passengers test positive for COVID-19 after arriving, even...