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International relations

US to block Chinese passenger flights in new tit-for-tat

Move comes after Beijing denies re-entry of American carriers

A worker cleans a China Eastern Airlines passenger plane at Beijing Capital International Airport.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration will suspend Chinese airlines from flying into the U.S. this month in response to China's refusal to let in American passenger flights, marking another escalation of tensions between the world's two largest economies.

The order, published by the Department of Transportation Wednesday, will go into effect June 16, or immediately, pending a nod from President Donald Trump.

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