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 House approves Uighur Human Rights Act calling for sanctions on Chinese officials

The Uighur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 has been approved in the US House of Representatives (407-1), and will now be passed to the Senate for consideration. The Act calls for the imposition of targeted Magnitsky sanctions against senior Chinese officials, including the Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who are credibly alleged to be […]


USA signs Hong Kong Sanctions Act into law

The US President has signed into law the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, which amends the Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, and will come into effect on publication in the federal register. See White House Announcement. This provides for sanctions on Hong Kong/Chinese individuals and entities determined to have undermined fundamental freedoms […]


US Dept Commerce extends Huawei licence for 90 days

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce has extended the Temporary General Licence (TGL) under the Export Administration Regulations authorising specific, limited engagements in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items to Huawei and its affiliates for 90 days, effective 19 November 2019. See Final Rule. Secretary […]


US senators bill for Magnitsky sanctions on Hong Kong & Chinese officials

3 US senators have introduced the Hong Kong Be Water Act which calls for sanctions on officials, those operating on behalf/in cooperation with officials, and Chinese nationals and state-owned enterprises under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (E.O. 13818) to “combat the Hong Kong and Chinese governments’ suppression of Hongkongers’ freedoms of speech, association, […]


US export restrictions on 28 Chinese entities & visa ban on Chinese officials

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce has added to its Entity List 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organisations “implicated in human rights violations  and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR)”. The Entities include XUAR People’s […]


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