China has released its export control list for North Korea, making public for the first time the items banned from export to that country. The 236-page list was released as fears of North Korea’s nuclear intent intensified. According to a statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce, “The dual-use products and technologies delineated in this list have uses in weapons of mass destruction as well as their vehicles.”
A UN Security Council resolution, passed last March, identifying technology to be banned includes military technology as well as dual-used technology that may be used for both civilian and military purposes. The move came shortly after a crackdown by border agents on luxury goods for North Korea’s elite.
The list was issued within weeks of the mid-year U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting, on the heels of a request that the U.S. to soften its own list of materials banned from China. That request, which will be formally presented in November reputedly includes the lifting of sanctions imposed after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. According to reports, China also wants export controls removed from commercial satellite exports, integrated circuit technology, high performance computers, deep water oil and gas exploration equipment, aerospace and electronics technology and some civilian nuclear technology.
Reports from that mentioned discussions of intellectual property rights, pharmaceuticals, government procurement, investment, services, industrial policies, regulatory obstacles, and agriculture. Export controls were not mentioned in the press statement.
Comments coming from Congressional representatives indicate China may not get what it wants. However, on Friday, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged to continue promoting mutual military exchanges.