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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5 Chinese officials designated by US under HKAA report

On 20 December 2021, the US released the Hong Kong Autonomy Act (HKAA) Report to Congress which identified 5 Deputy Directors of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong whose “actions have reduced Hong Kong’s autonomy”. All of those identified were designated pursuant to Executive Order 13936 in July 2021, and are now additionally subject to …


US adds 37 to Entity List & designates 8 as Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added 37 entities (under 40 entries) based in China, Georgia, Malaysia and Turkey to its Entity List. The listings respond to China’s research into biotechnology and other technologies for military applications and human rights abuses, as well as the diverting of US items to Iran’s defence industries and …

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US Senate passes Xinjiang import ban

Yesterday (16 December 2021), the US Senate passed HR 6256, the Xinjiang Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act, which will impose an import ban on goods, wares, articles and merchandise that have been mined, produced or manufactured in Xinjiang, China, or otherwise by a entity listed under the Act. The ban is intended to prevent the import of goods that have …


US-China Economic and Security Review Commission 2021 report

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission has published its 2021 Annual Report to Congress. Notice. The report says that: China is formalising a legal/regulatory framework to counter foreign trade restrictions and sanctions, aimed particularly at US export controls and sanctions on Chinese entities/people. This includes the June 2021 Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law (see post). The introduction of China’s digital renminbi …


US corruption and human rights designations

The US imposed sanctions on numerous people and entities this week for their involvement in corruption and/or human rights abuses. The designations were made ahead of/on International Anti-Corruption Day, International Human Rights Day and the Summit for Democracy. The US also issued its ‘Strategy on Countering Corruption’ on 6 December (previous post). 6 December 2021 OFAC designated Alain Mukonda and …

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