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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The EU also called on China to put an end to executions and to its repressive actions “against those who legitimately claim their democratic rights”, and to respect human rights generally.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:

General

  • Arms embargo

 

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News

US charges against Huawei and CFO Wanzhou Meng

Yesterday (28 January), the US Department of Justice announced that charges have been brought against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Huawei), two of its affiliates, Huawei Device USA Inc and Skycom Tech Co Ltd (Skycom), and Huawei’s CFO, Wanzhou Meng. The 13-count indictment includes allegations of sanctions violations (namely, the use of Skycom […]

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US considers sanctions on China over Muslim detention camps

The US is considering sanctions against 7 Chinese officials, including Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party Chief in Xinjiang, over the region’s detention of an estimated one million people – predominantly ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minority groups – as part of the country’s wider counter-terrorism campaign. Chinese companies involved in building detention camps and […]

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US sanctions 44 Chinese entities over national security threat

Last week, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 44 Chinese entities (8 entities and 36 subordinate institutions) to the Entity List for “acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. Some were specifically listed for their involvement in the “illicit procurement of [US-origin] […]

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US lifts ban on ZTE after payment of $1.4billion settlement

Last week (13 July 2018), the US Department of Commerce announced that Chinese telecoms company ZTE (Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd) had placed $400 million in escrow at a US bank and, as a result, the Department had lifted the 7-year denial order on ZTE pursuant to the $1.4 billion settlement agreement […]

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China’s ZTE granted 1-month reprieve from US export denial order

In April 2018, the US Department of Commerce announced that it had activated a 7-year denial of export privileges order in respect of Chinese telecoms company ZTE (Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd) (previous blog). In June 2018, ZTE agreed to a $1.4 billion settlement to replace the 7-year denial order (previous […]

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Current Sanctions

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Declaration

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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018