By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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US reaches settlement agreements with 3D Systems Corporation over export violations

South Carolina-based 3D Systems Corporation has reached separate settlement agreements with the US Department of Justice, State Department and BIS to resolve allegations that it violated US export controls. Department of Justice The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas has announced that 3D Systems has agreed to pay $2.27 million to resolve allegations that, between January 2012 …


BIS adds Chinese & Iranian entities to Entity List

The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added 6 Chinese and 7 Iranian entities to its Entity List. Chinese entities On 10 February, BIS listed 6 Chinese entities that are alleged contribute to the People’s Liberation Army’s aerospace programs, including airships and balloons used for intelligence and reconnaissance. BIS has imposed a licence requirement for all …

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US company & owner plead guilty to violating export controls

Tao Jiang and his California-based company Broad Tech System, Inc. have pleaded guilty in US federal court to conspiracy, violation of the Export Control Act and money laundering conspiracy in connection with a scheme to illegally export US-origin chemicals to China Electronics Technology Group Corporation 55th Research Institute (CETC 55) (also known as Nanjing Electronic Devices Institute), a Chinese state-owned …


US BIS adds new entities for supporting China’s military modernisation and human rights violations

On 16 December 2022, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 36 entities based in China to its Entity List which will restrict their access to commodities, software and technologies subject to the Export Administration Regulations.  Most have been added for activities related to acquire or attempt to acquire US-origin items in support of China’s military …

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BIS adopts China export controls

Updates to US export controls on China were adopted by BIS in October, intended to restrict China’s ability to obtain advanced computing chips, develop and maintain supercomputers and manufacture advanced semiconductors. These items and capabilities are said to enable China to produce advanced military systems including weapons of mass destruction, improve the speed and accuracy of its military decision making, …


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

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