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On July 14, 2020, President Trump issued Executive Order 13936 “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization” (the “Hong Kong Normalization EO”), which directs the suspension or elimination of special and preferential treatment for Hong Kong under a wide range of US laws, setting the stage for Hong Kong to be treated the same as mainland China. It also authorizes sanctions against persons involved in developing, adopting, or implementing China’s Law on Safeguarding National…

On June 5, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published four Frequently Asked Questions (the “FAQs”) regarding Iran-related sanctions under Executive Order 13902 (“EO 13902”). EO 13902 authorizes the imposition of secondary sanctions targeting the Iranian construction, mining, manufacturing, and textile sectors and persons engaged in “significant transactions” or providing “material support” to parties designated pursuant to the order. Our blog post regarding EO 13902 is available here. The FAQs…

On June 26, 2020, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued 32 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) to clarify the military end use/user (“MEU”) rules that were published on April 28, 2020 and took effect on June 29, 2020. These rules are intended to combat efforts by entities in China, Russia, and Venezuela to use certain US technologies obtained through civilian supply chains to develop weapons, military aircraft, and surveillance technology contrary to…

On May 19, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published an interim final rule effective on May 15, 2020 amending the Export Administration Regulations’ (“EAR”) General Prohibition Three (the “foreign-produced direct product rule”) and Entity List to impose new controls on the reexport, export from abroad, and transfer (in-country) of certain foreign-produced semiconductor-related items when such items are the direct product of certain designated US technology or software and are destined…