The United States ordered the suspension of all China Airlines flights to and from the country from June 16, after Beijing prevented US airlines from resuming their flights to China despite lifting the closure on the back of the Covid-19 epidemic.

A statement issued by the US Department of Transportation said on Tuesday that “American airlines have requested the resumption of passenger services as of June 1. The Chinese government’s failure to accept its requests is a violation of the air transport agreement between the two countries