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China: Beijing 'regrets' US plans to ban Chinese airlines02:23

China: Beijing 'regrets' US plans to ban Chinese airlines

China, Beijing
June 4, 2020 at 14:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed his regret at the United States' plan to ban Chinese airlines from flying to the US starting from June 16, during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.

"The US Department of Transportation has announced that the United States is going to block Chinese airlines from flying to the US starting from June 16. We regret to hear that. As far as I know, the Civil Aviation Administration of China​ has made solemn representation," said spokesperson Zhao Lijian, as he was speaking at a press conference held in Beijing on Thursday.

Zhao Lijian pointed out that the Civil Aviation Administration of China​ (CAAC) has kept "close communications" with the US Department of Transportation "in regard to the flights between the two countries."

"We already made some advances and China announced adjustment on the policies. We wish for the United States not to create barriers for solving problems," added the spokesperson.

Under the ban, Chinese passenger airlines would be blocked from flying in or out of the US. The move was a response to Beijing blocking American carriers, in a similar ban.

Zhao Lijian also touched on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, on the day that marks the 31st anniversary of the demonstrations, calling it a "political disturbance."

"The accomplishments which have been achieved in China in the last 70 years show that the development path that China has chosen was completely right, conforms to China's national conditions and was sincerely supported by the people," he said.

China: Beijing 'regrets' US plans to ban Chinese airlines02:23
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China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed his regret at the United States' plan to ban Chinese airlines from flying to the US starting from June 16, during a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.

"The US Department of Transportation has announced that the United States is going to block Chinese airlines from flying to the US starting from June 16. We regret to hear that. As far as I know, the Civil Aviation Administration of China​ has made solemn representation," said spokesperson Zhao Lijian, as he was speaking at a press conference held in Beijing on Thursday.

Zhao Lijian pointed out that the Civil Aviation Administration of China​ (CAAC) has kept "close communications" with the US Department of Transportation "in regard to the flights between the two countries."

"We already made some advances and China announced adjustment on the policies. We wish for the United States not to create barriers for solving problems," added the spokesperson.

Under the ban, Chinese passenger airlines would be blocked from flying in or out of the US. The move was a response to Beijing blocking American carriers, in a similar ban.

Zhao Lijian also touched on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, on the day that marks the 31st anniversary of the demonstrations, calling it a "political disturbance."

"The accomplishments which have been achieved in China in the last 70 years show that the development path that China has chosen was completely right, conforms to China's national conditions and was sincerely supported by the people," he said.

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