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 Commerce Dept extends Huawei comments window until 22 April

We reported on 11 March 2020 that the US Commerce Dept Bureau for Industry and Security (BIS) was seeking comments on the need for and scope of possible future extensions of the temporary general licence for Huawei (see post). The deadline for comments has been extended to 22 April 2020. See press release and final rule.


US Trade Representative invites comments on Covid-19 China tariffs

We reported on 10 March 2020 that the US had granted tariff relief on certain imports of medical equipment from China in light of the Covid-19 pandemic (see post). The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) is now accepting comments on further potential Section 301 tariff exclusions on Chinese imports which may be helpful to the US healthcare response. …


US DOJ launches new investigation into ZTE

It has been reported that the US DOJ has launched a new investigation into ZTE Corporation, Shenzhen, China for possible bribes of foreign officials, contrary to the US Foreign Corrupt Payments Act. The investigation follows a $1bn settlement agreed in June 2018, after ZTE pleaded guilty to charges of violating US sanctions on Iran and N Korea. As part of …


US Commerce Dept adds 24 people & entities to Entity List

The US Department of Commerce has issued a final rule adding 24 entities located in China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and the UAE to the Entity List, effective from today (16 March 2020). Pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), addition to the Entity List imposes licence requirements on entities determined to be involved or posing significant risk of being involved …

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US Commerce Dept renews Huawei licence & seeks comments

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has extended the Temporary General Licence (TGL) to Huawei and its non-US affiliates until 15 May 2020. The current licence expires on 1 April 2020. BIS is also seeking public comments to evaluate the need for and scope of possible future extensions of the TGL. The window for comments …


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