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 tanker changes name to avoid US sanctions

Reuters have reported that a Chinese-owned tanker carrying Iranian crude oil to China changed its name mid-journey following warnings from US government officials to Asian ports, suggesting an attempt to avoid US sanctions. On 5 June, Pacific Brave deactivated its transponder and then reactivated its transponder on 18 July, 940 miles away under the name […]


US blocks exports to Chinese nuclear company after alleging theft of military tech

The Bureau of Industry and Security have added state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and 3 of its subsidiaries to the Commerce Department’s Entity List having alleged the companies stole US technology for military use. The Final Rule published in the Federal Register states that each entity “has engaged in or enabled efforts to […]


German bank alleges Chinese shipowners breached sanctions in seizure application

A German bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank-Girozentrale (NordLB), has alleged that 2 Chinese vessels, “Gas Infinity” and “Gas Dignity”, breached US sanctions on Iran by transporting Iranian oil, which in turn infringed the sanctions clause in the bank’s mortgage agreement with the Chinese owners. Reportedly, the vessels deactivated their transponders when approaching the Strait of Hormuz, and […]

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US court rules DOJ can access non-US bank records in sanctions investigation

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled on appeal that the DOJ had the authority to demand 3 Chinese banks disclose transaction records from non-US accounts in an investigation into violations of N Korea sanctions. The court held that the DOJ should have access to these records regardless of the location […]

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4 Chinese individuals and 1 company indicted for conspiracy to evade DPRK sanctions

 A grand jury sitting in Newark, New Jersey has returned an indictment charging 4 Chinese persons and 1 company with violating and conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), conspiracy to violate Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations (WMDPSR), and conspiracy to commit money laundering offences. Allegedly, the defendants established over […]

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