Sanctions Profile: United States

At a glance

Initial Imposition of EU sanctions & Subsequent Amendments

These sanctions are relatively unique in that they are not imposed against the USA, per se, but rather to protect EU individuals and businesses from the extra-territorial effect of US laws regarding carrying out business in Iran, Libya and Cuba.

The measures began in 1996 and empowered Member States to take measures to protect the interests of the relevant individuals and businesses.

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China sanctions former USCIRF commissioner

Johnnie Moore, a former commissioner for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has been sanctioned by the Chinese government. See press conference. The designation was made in response to the US Department of State’s 2020 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom and the consequent sanctioning of Chinese national Yu Hui (see previous post). Mr Moore and his family …

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China announces retaliatory sanctions on US & Canadian nationals

The Chinese government has imposed a further round of retaliatory sanctions in response to the UK, EU, US and Canada’s listings on 22 March of Chinese officials under human rights authorities for their treatment of Uyghurs and minorities in Xinjiang. See post and post for details. The Chinese government has sanctioned: Gayle Manchin (Chair of the US Commission on International …

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China sanctions Pompeo, Bannon, Bolton & other Trump officials

The Chinese government has imposed sanctions on 28 US nationals for having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty”, and for being responsible for US sanctions on China-related issues. Press release here. They are former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Peter Navarro, Robert O’Brien, David Stilwell, Matthew Pottinger, Alex Azar II, Keith Krach, and Kelly Craft, John Bolton and Steve Bannon. The remaining …

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China imposes reciprocal sanctions on US officials

The Chinese government has announced that it will impose reciprocal sanctions in response to the US’ designation on 8 December 2020 of 14 Vice-Chairpersons of the National People’s Congress for their role in adopting the Hong Kong National Security law (see post). Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that visa exemptions for holders of American diplomatic passports for temporary visits …

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China to designate 3 US arms companies for Taiwan arms sales

China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, has announced that sanctions will be imposed on American companies including Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defence, and Raytheon that participate in arms sales to Taiwan, as well as other relevant US individuals and entities that play a role in these sales. Mr Lijian said that “the US arms sales to Taiwan severely violate the one-China …

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