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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European Parliament adopts Russia & China strategy resolutions

Today (16 September 2021), the EU Parliament has adopted a resolution on the ‘Direction of EU-Russia political relations’ which calls for a new EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia and changes to the EU sanctions on Russia. Press Release. The resolution recommends that the EU: Increase its ability to prepare/adopt human rights sanctions against Russian authorities, including oligarchs, President …

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China’s UK ambassador banned from parliament over sanctions on MPs & peers

Zheng Zeguang, China’s ambassador to the UK, has been banned from attending a reception in the UK Houses of Parliament by Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the Commons, and Lord John McFall, the Lord Speaker in the upper house, in response to Chinese sanctions on 5 MPs and 2 peers (see post). The sanctions were imposed in March 2021 …

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Chinese national sentenced over unlawful exports from US to Chinese military university

Shuren Qin, a Chinese national residing in Massachusetts, US, has been sentenced in federal court in Boston to 2 years’ imprisonment (followed by 2 years’ supervised release) and fined $20,000 in connection with the unlawful exporting of hydrophones from the US to Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU) in China. NWPU is said to be a military university that works closely with …


BIS reaches $400k settlement with semiconductor supplier over China export violations

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has reached an administrative settlement of $469,060 with Dynatex International, a California-based supplier to the semiconductor industry, to settle allegations that it committed 1 violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Order. It is alleged that between December 2015 and January 2020, Dynatex conspired with others to export semiconductor …


Chinese national sentenced to 3 years in prison for US export violations

On 14 July 2021, Ge Songtao, of Nanjing, China, was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months’ imprisonment by the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida for conspiring to submit false export information through the US government’s Automatic Export System and to export marine raiding craft/engines fraudulently, and for attempting to fraudulently export the equipment to China, …


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