China has suspended flights from the United States and other nations to and from the disputed South China Sea, a senior official said Wednesday, amid mounting tensions with the North.
The official told reporters at a briefing in Beijing that Chinese airlines would now only carry a limited number of commercial flights from American airports to the South China sea, while some regional airlines would resume flights from their home bases.
The move comes after Washington and other countries imposed sanctions on Chinese banks, shipping companies and other businesses in response to a North Korean missile test last week.
China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The South China Seas, which is rich in natural resources and vast waters, has been the focus of several high-level talks between China and the United Nations over the past year.
China has also accused the United