Falcon, obstensibly, the “China Ban” was punishment for them passing on some sort of US technology that was sold to them for civilian use only, to their military, and perhaps to other countries. Like anyone didn’t know they would put it to whatever use they wanted once they got it. Personally, it was just an excuse to outlaw good quality, inexpensive ammunition from the U.S. Market. All Chinese Arms and Ammunition, except rimfire and shotgun, were banned under Clinton. That administration also coerced the Russian Government into not selling the Makarov pistols in the U.S. anymore, making some sort of US aid the Russians needed contingent on that. That’s why they disappeared from the market here, not because of poor sales. Recent imports of some Russian military Makarovs were not from Russia, but rather from Germany, and were probably pistols supplied to the DDR. They could be imported because they were not in Russia for the required number of years that had to be in another country, and no one was going to screw around with a major US trading partner and ally like Germany. The worms in government only kill arms imports when they know they can get away with it easily, without starting a trade war.