By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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BIS adopts China export controls

Updates to US export controls on China were adopted by BIS in October, intended to restrict China’s ability to obtain advanced computing chips, develop and maintain supercomputers and manufacture advanced semiconductors. These items and capabilities are said to enable China to produce advanced military systems including weapons of mass destruction, improve the speed and accuracy of its military decision making, …


US charges Chinese intelligence agents over attempted obstruction of sanctions case

On 24 October, a criminal complaint was unsealed in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging Chinese intelligence officers Guochun He (aka Dong He and Jacky He) and Zheng Wang (aka Zen Wanwith) with money laundering and attempting to obstruct the criminal prosecution of a China-based global telecommunications company. Although the company is not named, it …

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US charges 7 in sanctions evasion & money laundering scheme

An indictment charging 7 people in connection with a sanctions evasion and money laundering scheme was unsealed in US federal court on Wednesday (19 October 2022). Those charged include Russian nationals Yury Orekhov, Artem Uss, Svetlana Kuzurgasheva (also known as Lana Neumann), Timofey Telegin and Sergey Tulyakov and oil traders Juan Fernando Serrano Ponce (also known as Juanfe Serrano) and …

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BIS adds 7 Chinese entities to Entity List

BIS has added 7 Chinese space, aerospace and related technology entities to its Entity List for acquiring / attempting to acquire US-origin items in support of China’s military modernisation efforts. Press Release & Final Rule. Entities listed: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) 9th Academy 771 Research Institute; CASC 9th Academy 772 Research Institute; China Academy of Space Technology …


BIS adds 36 to Entity List

On 28 June 2022, BIS added 36 entities based in China, Lithuania, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, the UAE, the UK, Uzbekistan and Vietnam to its Entity List. Press Release & Final Rule. 6 entities were listed on the basis that they had supplied items to Russian entities of concern prior to 24 February 2022 and continue to contract to supply Russian …

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

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