On October 5, 2018, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a document  [Public Notice 10579] providing notice that State had determined, pursuant to Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) Section 231(a), that the Chinese entity Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission (EDD), formerly known as the General Armaments Department (GAD), has knowingly, on or after August 2, 2017, engaged in a significant transaction with a person that is part of, or operates for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation. The Secretary of State has selected certain sanctions to be imposed upon EDD and Li Shangfu, EDD’s Director, who has been determined to be a principal executive officer of EDD, or to perform similar functions with similar authorities as such an officer.  Please see our Sanctions Blog for details.