Chapter 5: Chinas position and practice concerning unilateral sanctions
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China, as a developing country has long been critical of unilateral sanctions imposed by Western states, which have, to some degree, changed its behaviour. This influence may fade, however, as China gains power and begins to employ unilateral sanctions itself. China, however, is likely to be a more self-constrained user than countries like the US; indeed it is often reluctant to openly admit it has imposed unilateral sanctions. Importantly, China has begun to legislate for unilateral sanctions with, for instance, its Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List adopted in September 2020. This not only indicates that China has explicitly included unilateral sanctions in its foreign policy toolbox; it also means unilateral sanctions will be imposed in a manner more respectful of the rule of law.

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