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On July 22, 2020, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) adding eleven Chinese entities to the Entity List (the “XUAR Designees”) due to their alleged involvement in human rights abuses including mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“XUAR”). The Final Rule also provided modifications and revisions of thirty-seven existing entries on…

On August 6, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) issued a temporary final rule extending and modifying FEMA’s previously imposed restrictions on the export from the United States of certain personal protective equipment (“PPE Products”) used in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (“Extension Rule”). The original restrictions on exports of PPE Products imposed by FEMA were published on April 10, 2020. The Extension Rule became effective today, August 10, 2020, and will be…

On July 14, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act  (“HKAA”) providing for the imposition of sanctions on foreign persons who materially contribute to the undermining of Hong Kong’s autonomy by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) and foreign financial institutions who engage in significant transactions with such foreign persons.  During a press conference announcing the signing of the HKAA, President Trump also indicated that he had signed…

On June 3, 2020, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new Syria-Related Sanctions Regulations (the “Regulations”), effective June 5, 2020, to implement Executive Order 13894 (“EO 13894”) issued by the President on October 14, 2019 in light of Turkey’s military actions in Syria. The Regulations are a codification of EO 13894 and do not represent new sanctions against Syria. They are also separate from US comprehensive sanctions targeting Syria under…