- US offers to grant Chinese airlines same number of weekly flights as American carriers, but only if they agree not to fly over Russia.
- American carriers face higher fuel costs than Chinese rivals whose routes over Russia to the US are much shorter.
- US airlines lobby against granting China more flights because of cost gap.
- China blames US for stalemate in negotiations, says Beijing's proposal to equalize flight numbers is reasonable.
- Dispute over airline routes adds to US-China tensions, latest thorn in the side of relations.
Financial Times — World — US-China airline routes — Us-China Trade Dispute — Airlines — Claire Bushey
Airlines dispute adds headwinds to US-China relationship
Airlines dispute over routes between US and China adds to tensions between the two countries. US offers to grant Chinese airlines the same number of weekly flights between both countries as American carriers but only if they agree not to fly over Russia.