Sanctions Profile: China

At a glance

The EU imposed an arms embargo on China (excluding Hong Kong) by a Council Declaration at the Madrid European Council on 26/27 June 1989, in response to what the EU described as the “brutal repression” taking place in China.

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OFAC designates 3 for Uighur human rights abuses & issues General Licence

OFAC has imposed sanctions on state-owned entity Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), and 2 Chinese officials for acting on its behalf, Jiarui Peng (a former Political Commissar of XPCC), and Jinlong Sun (Deputy Party Secretary and Commander of the XPCC). All have been listed pursuant to E.O. 13818 (Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act) on the basis of their alleged …


EU imposes first sanctions under cyber-attack regime

The EU has imposed sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) on 6 people and 3 entities for their involvement in the “Wannacry”, “NotPetra”, “Operation Cloud Hopper” cyber-attacks, and attempted attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). These are the first designations under the EU’s cyber sanctions regime. Those listed are said to be responsible for or …

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EU restricts exports to Hong Kong of equipment for internal repression

The EU has adopted conclusions in relation to China’s adoption of national security legislation for Hong Kong, which the EU considers to be of “grave concern”. The EU has agreed to impose restrictions on the export of “specific sensitive equipment and technologies for end-use in Hong Kong, in particular where there are grounds to suspect undesirable use relating to internal …


EU Parliamentarians urge progress on human rights sanctions

EU Parliamentarians and the EU Parliament’s special rapporteur on China have sent a letter to High Representative Josep Borrell urging progress and requesting a timetable on the introduction of the EU’s global human rights sanctions regime, which was announced in December 2019 (see post). The letter says that the EU “urgently needs” the regime to impose measures on Chinese officials …


Canada prohibits exports of sensitive military items to Hong Kong

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has announced that, effective 3 July 2020, the export of sensitive military items to Hong Kong is prohibited in light of the Hong Kong national security legislation. It will also treat exports of sensitive goods to Hong Kong in the same way as those destined for China. All licence applications will be “closely scrutinised”, and …


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Declaration of European Council, Madrid, 26/27 June 1989