USA is barring passenger flights from China from 16 June, within the latest sign of tensions between the 2 economic giants.
The Department of Transportation said it’s punishing Beijing for declining to allow US airlines recommence flights to China because its pandemic subsides.
In recent weeks, the countries have sparred over coronavirus and policies of China in Hong Kong.
But Washington said it’d still “engage” on the aviation issue.
The Department of Transportation order applies to four airlines – Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines – which have carried on with flying between the 2 countries during the pandemic, though at decreased levels.
It needs final approval from US President Donald Trump, who has constantly accused China of engaging in unfair trade, and in recent weeks complained its handling of coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong.
The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately comment. Officials have earlier said its restrictions, which were introduced to regulate coronavirus, were fair since they execute to all or any airlines.