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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Chinese, Hong Kong entities and individuals listed for IRISL dealings

OFAC has designated 6 entities and 2 individuals pursuant to Executive Order 13382 (counter-proliferation sanctions) for conduct relating to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and its Shanghai-based subsidiary, E-Sail Shipping Company Ltd, which have been designated entities since 8 June 2020. Notice and State Department press release. The sanctioned entities, Reach Holding Group (Shanghai) Company Ltd, Reach …

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Virtual ACI conference on US-China Trade Controls

The 2nd ACI conference on US-China Trade Controls is taking place virtually on 22 October 2020. For registration and agenda, see here. Register using code D10-903-903AX05 for a 10% discount.


US court temporarily blocks TikTok prohibitions

A US federal court in the District of Columbia has granted TikTok’s motion for a preliminary injunction, which temporarily prevents the US Commerce Department from enforcing an order that would restrict US-based mobile app stores from providing services to TikTok. The restrictions were due to come into effect yesterday, 27 September 2020, at 11:59pm (see post). Commerce Department press release …


US Commerce Dept imposes export controls on SMIC

It has been reported that the US Commerce Department has written to US computer chip companies to advise that exports of US-origin software and chip-making equipment to China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and its subsidiaries will be subject to military end use licensing requirements. According to the letter, such exports “may pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a …


OFAC issues Global Magnitsky General Licence & FAQ on Hong Kong listings

OFAC has issued Global Magnitsky General Licence 2A, which authorises until 30 November 2020 all transactions and activities ordinarily incident and necessary to the wind down of transactions involving an entity owned 50% or more by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (blocked XPCC subsidiaries). It is also authorised until that date to divest or transfer, or facilitate the divestment or …


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