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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BIS issues FAQs on Sudan & the MEU list

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued new FAQs on the recission of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, and the amendments made to the EAR as a result. See previous post for details. In addition, BIS has issued an updated version of the FAQs on military end use/user controls that apply to China, Russia and Venezuela to …

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China announces further retaliatory sanctions on US officials

China’s spokesperson Hua Chunying has announced government will impose reciprocal sanctions on (unnamed) US officials of the executive branch, people of Congress, and NGOs that “have behaved egregiously” on Hong Kong and Taiwan-related issues, and their family members. The measures come into response to the US’ recent measures designating 6 PRC and Hong Kong officials (see post), and the relaxation …


Reports say US Commerce Dept will revoke Huawei licences

According to a Reuters article, the US Commerce Department has notified certain companies authorised to export items to Huawei that their licences will be revoked. Companies including Intel and Japanese chip maker Kioxia Corp are said to be affected. It has also been reported that the Commerce Department will reject a significant number of Huawei-related licence applications that are currently …


US designates 6 Chinese & Hong Kong officials & issues regulations

Under Executive Order 13936 (asset freeze and travel ban), the US has designated 6 Chinese and Hong Kong officials for being leaders of a government entity that has engaged in the implementation of the National Security Law (NSL), or for having coerced, arrested, detained or imprisoned individuals under the authority of the NSL. The listings come in response to the …


US identifies 9 Communist Chinese military companies & OFAC issues General Licence 2

Pursuant to Section 1237 of the NDAA 1999, the US Department of Defence has published the names of 9 companies identified as Communist Chinese military companies operating directly or indirectly in the US. See full list here. The additions include Xiaomi Corporation, which is reportedly the world’s third-biggest smartphone manufacturer. Under Executive Order 13959, as amended by an Executive Order …


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