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 Senate Committee introduces the Strategic Competition Act of 2021

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has introduced the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, which aims to “bolster the United States diplomatic strategy in addressing challenges posed by the Chinese government”. If passed, it would authorise the imposition of sanctions with respect to forced labour, sexual abuse, forced sterilisation, and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang. In addition, the bill would …


BIS adds 7 Chinese supercomputing entities to the Entity List

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added 7 Chinese entities to the Entity List for “conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. The companies are said to be involved in building supercomputers, which are used by Chinese military actors and in efforts to modernise …


China sanctions 9 British nationals & 4 entities in response to Uyghur sanctions

China has announced sanctions on 9 British nationals including 5 MPs, and 4 UK-based entities. They will be subject to asset freezing measures, and Chinese citizens and institutions will be prohibited from doing business with them. They and their families will be prohibited from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. They are: MPs Iain Duncan Smith, Tom Tugendhat, Neil …


EU-China sanctions put ratification of investment agreement at risk

The Financial Times has reported that the EU Trade Commissioner, Valdis Dombrovskis, has warned that the ratification of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) may be at risk after China imposed retaliatory sanctions on 10 European officials, including 5 MEPs, on Monday (22 March).  China’s decision followed the EU’s introduction of human right sanctions for violations against Uyghurs and …


Sanctions imposed over Uyghur abuses & other human rights violations

China The UK, the EU and Canada have imposed sanctions (asset freezing measures and travel bans) under their respective global human rights sanctions regimes on 4 senior Chinese officials and a state-run security body for serious human rights violations against Uyghurs and people from other minorities in the Xinjiang region in China. They are alleged to have been responsible for …

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