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 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 […]


Report says UK shell companies used to disguise N Korean shipping sanctions violations

An investigation by RUSI (the Royal United Services Institute) and The Times suggests that UK shell companies are used to disguise a network of commercial cargo vessels exporting North Korean coal in violation of UN and EU sanctions. The investigation found that in January 2019, a British-owned vessel named the Lucky Star was captured with […]

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US sanctions 6 Chinese companies for importing Iranian oil

The US has imposed sanctions on 6 Chinese shipping companies and 5 Chinese nationals under E.O. 13846 for “knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the transport of oil from Iran”.  The sanctionable transaction took place after the waiver allowing imports of Iranian oil to China expired in May (see post). OFAC Notice and State […]

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OFAC lists 5 Chinese persons under Kingpin Act & FinCEN publishes trafficking advisories in coordinated action

OFAC and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have brought a coordinated action to impose pressure on “those who manufacture, sell, or distribute synthetic opioids or their precursor chemicals” by imposing targeted sanctions and publishing advisories on narcotics trafficking. OFAC Press Release. OFAC has listed 3 Chinese nationals and 2 entities pursuant to the US Kingpin […]


Singapore charges SinSMS for shipping £395k of wines & spirits to N Korea

SinSMS Pte. Ltd, a Singapore based trading firm, has been charged by Singaporean authorities for supplying luxury goods to the North Korean regime, in contravention of the United Nations Act (Chapter 339) which transposes United Nations Resolution 1718 (2006) into Singapore’s domestic law. The company is alleged to have shipped approximately £395k (S$665k) worth of […]


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