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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Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act enters into force

The US Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act (UFLPA) entered into force yesterday, 21 June 2022. It introduces a rebuttable presumption that any goods mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part in Xinjiang are in violation of 19 U.S.C. § 1307. The same presumption applies to goods produced by any Entity on the UFLPA Entity List. See previous post & …


US issues export denial order over unlawful export of sensitive blueprints to China

US entities Quicksilver Manufacturing Inc., Rapid Cut LLC and US Prototype Inc. have been issued with a Temporary Denial Order (TDO) for the unauthorised export to China of technical drawings and blueprints used to 3D print sensitive protype space and defence technologies. Without the consent of their domestic customers or the necessary licence, the 3 entities sent drawings provided by …


UK enhances military end-use controls & restrictions on China exports

The UK has amended the Export Control Order 2008 in line with measures announced in December 2021 (previous post). The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2022, Explanatory Memorandum & Notice. The amendments: Establish new export and transfer restrictions where the Secretary of State has informed the relevant person that non-listed dual-use goods, software or technology are, or may be, intended for …


Recent US designations

In recent weeks, the US has imposed sanctions and visa restriction measures related to various sanctions regimes and countries. These are summarised below. Somalia In response to delays in the Somali parliamentary electoral process, the US State Department imposed visa restrictions on an unspecified number of people said to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in …

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OFAC issues Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Sanctions Regulations

OFAC has issued the Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Sanctions Regulations to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 13959, as amended by E.O. 14032, which prohibits US investment in certain Chinese companies. Final Rule. OFAC Notice. In November 2020, the Trump Administration issued E.O. 13959, “Addressing the Threat From Securities Investments That Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies”, which imposed a prohibition on investment in …


Current Sanctions



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