ANNOUNCEMENT 31 Dec 2018
December 31st, 2018 - The Chinese government released an annual list of goods requiring special import/export licensing.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
PRC Ministry of Commerce, December 31st, 2018. (商务部 海关总署公告2018年第104号《两用物项和技术进出口许可证管理目录》)
Ibid., December 31st, 2019. (商务部 海关总署公告2019年第68号《两用物项和技术进出口许可证管理目录》)
In December 2018, the Chinese government published a catalogue of goods classified as 'dual-use'.
This indicates said goods are considered by the Chinese government to be usable for both civilian and military purposes, requiring a special license for import or export.
In this iteration of the catalogue, the list of imports requiring a license did not change from the previous year's.
One tariff line was added to the roster of those requiring a dual-use licence for export.
UPDATE: On December 31st, 2019, the catalogue for 2020 was released in MOFCOM/GAC Annoucement 2019/68. No products were added or removed from the roster.
Finally, the December 2018 anouncement from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce stated that five items were added to the list of exported goods, meaning that they would newly require a dual-use licence before export.
The goods included in these catalogues are those that the Chinese government considers able to be used for both civilian and military purposes, hence the special licensing requirement.
UPDATE: The 2020 edition of the Dual-Use Goods Catalogue was released on December 31st, 2019 in MOFCOM/GAC Annoucement 2019/68. No changes were made from the 2019 edition.