Tag: Embargoes and Sanctions

Hong Kong Officials Condemn and Mock Trump Administration Sanctions

Hong Kong and Chinese officials by turns condemned and mocked a Friday move by the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, and 10 other senior officials for their roles in a prolonged crackdown on political dissent in the city. The Hong Kong government and several of the officials targeted […]

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Trump Administration Penalizes Chinese Officials for Hong Kong Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 11 senior Chinese Communist Party officials and their Hong Kong allies, including chief executive Carrie Lam, over their role in cracking down on political dissent in the southern Chinese territory. These are the first sanctions against officials from China and Hong Kong over suppression of […]

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Iran Envoy Brian Hook, a ‘Survivor’ on Trump’s Team, to Quit

Brian Hook, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran and one of the few national security officials to survive the turmoil in the foreign policy team through most of President Trump’s term, plans to announce Thursday that he is resigning his post. The departure of Mr. Hook, 52, appears to bury any remaining chance of […]

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Trump’s Syria Sanctions ‘Cannot Solve the Problem,’ Critics Say

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has embarked on its toughest round of economic sanctions against Syria, intending to break President Bashar al-Assad’s reign over the country and stop a civil war that has claimed over half a million lives. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the administration will not end the pressure campaign on Mr. […]

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In Showdown Between China and the West, HSBC Gets Caught in the Middle

HONG KONG — Like Hong Kong, HSBC has long sat at the crossroads between East and West, a big global bank based in Britain that has reveled in and profited from its deep relationship with China. And like Hong Kong, it is now caught in the middle of a new era of confrontation between Beijing […]

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U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies

WASHINGTON — President Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, but as the White House looks to stabilize small businesses in the United States, the rescue effort has had an unintended beneficiary: Chinese companies. Millions of dollars of American taxpayer money have flowed to China from the $660 billion […]

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Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said in a televised address that Iran will expand its nuclear program and will not negotiate with the United States, doubling down on his defiance of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy. In a Friday speech for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that entering talks with […]

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Senate Report: Opaque Art Market Helped Oligarchs Evade Sanctions

Companies linked to two Russian oligarchs exploited the opaqueness of the art world to buy high-value art, bypassing U.S. sanctions, according to a report by the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that was published on Wednesday. American companies are barred from doing business with sanctioned individuals. But the report said the oligarchs, Arkady and […]

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Coalition Brings Pressure to End Forced Uighur Labor

On Thursday, more than 190 organizations spanning 36 countries issued a call to action, seeking formal commitments from clothing brands to cut all ties with suppliers implicated in Uighur forced labor and to end all sourcing from the Xinjiang region of China in the next twelve months. Roughly one in five cotton garments sold globally […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday barred 11 new Chinese companies from purchasing American technology and products without a special license, saying the firms were complicit in human rights violations in China’s campaign targeting Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The list of sanctioned companies includes current and former suppliers to major international brands […]

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U.S. Weighs Sweeping Travel Ban on Chinese Communist Party Members

The Trump administration is considering a sweeping ban on travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, according to people familiar with the proposal, a move that would almost certainly prompt retaliation against Americans seeking to enter or remain in China and exacerbate tensions between the two nations. […]

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China Vows to Retaliate After Trump Signs Hong Kong Sanctions Bill

China on Wednesday sharply criticized President Trump’s moves to strip Hong Kong of its preferential trading status with the United States and clear the way for new sanctions on officials and companies there, vowing to retaliate with punitive measures of its own. The response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing promised to continue […]

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U.K. Bars Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China

LONDON — Britain announced on Tuesday that it would ban equipment from the Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country’s high-speed wireless network, a victory for the Trump administration that escalates the battle between Western powers and China over critical technology. The move reverses a decision in January, when Britain said that Huawei equipment could […]

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U.K. Bans Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China

LONDON — Britain announced on Tuesday that it would ban equipment from the Chinese technology giant Huawei from the country’s high-speed wireless network, a victory for the Trump administration and a reversal of an earlier decision that underscores how technology has taken center stage in the deepening divide between Western powers and China. In January […]

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U.S. Says Most of China’s Claims in South China Sea Are Illegal

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that China’s expansive maritime claims across most of the South China Sea were “completely unlawful,” setting up potential military confrontations with Beijing and sanctions against companies as the United States seeks to push back Chinese activity in the region. Mr. Pompeo said China’s yearslong “campaign […]

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China Imposes Tit-for-Tat Sanctions on Three American Lawmakers

BEIJING — As tensions between the two sides mount, the Chinese government announced on Monday that it would impose sanctions on three American lawmakers and a diplomat in retaliation for similar moves last week by the Trump administration against four officials in China. The largely symbolic sanctions targeted Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted […]

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Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership

Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of Chinese investments in energy and other sectors, undercutting the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate the Iranian government because of its nuclear and military ambitions. The partnership, detailed in an 18-page proposed agreement obtained […]

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