Professor Jia Xijin: the First Six Months of the ONGO Law’s Implementation
This talk by Tsinghua professor Jia Xijin looks at the first half-year of the Overseas NGO Law’s implementation, and how overseas NGOs can face the challenges they encounter when trying to register.
Dr. Zhang Lingxiao’s Presentation on the ONGO Law
A presentation by Dr. Zhang Lingxiao, Director of the Jingshi Law Firm, given during CDB’s recent workshop on the registration of foreign NGOs. It focuses on the legal practicalities related to the Overseas NGO Law.
Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation
An interview with Elizabeth Knupp, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, about the Ford Foundation’s experience registering in China under the Overseas NGO Law and its future plans in the country.
Registering and Working in China – an Interview with Albert Yu, World Vision
In this exclusive interview with CDB, operations director of World Vision China Albert Yu speaks about his organization’s important work in China, and its successful efforts to register in the country following the passing of the Overseas NGO Law.
Yale Graduate Qin Yuefei: Why I Decided to Become a Village Official
The inspiring story of Yale graduate Qin Yuefei, who chose to become a government official in a tiny Hunan mountain village and look for innovative ways to stimulate China’s rural development.
China notifies the WTO that it won’t import any more waste
China officially notified the WTO on July 18th that by the end of the year it will enact a ban on the import of certain kinds of waste. As the text of China’s WTO filing reads, “China will forbid the import of 4 classes, 24 kinds of solid wastes, including plastics waste from living sources, vanadium slag, unsorted waste paper and waste textile materials. (…) To protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health, we urgently adjust the imported solid wastes list, and forbid the import of solid wastes that are highly polluted.” China is a major importer of waste, accounting for 56% of world imports last year. Apart from Hong Kong, Japan and …read more
Jack Ma foundation hosts its first forum for rural headmasters in Hangzhou
A year ago Jack Ma’s Foundation announced its “Jack Ma Rural Headmasters” plan, which aims to identify and support extraordinary headmasters in rural areas of China. Unlike its previous rural teachers program, where the teachers were nominated by the foundation itself, the rural headmasters are instead recommended by front-line educational NGOs in China. Each NGO recommended one or two headmasters, after which the Foundation verified the identities of the candidates and a group of experts picked out the final 20 delegates out of 5000 applicants. The selected 20 headmasters were invited to attend the first forum on rural headmasters, which was held in Hangzhou on July 12 and 13. They …read more
British man starts soup kitchen for the homeless in Xi’an
An English businessman named Tony who started a charity in Xi’an has been the focus of various reports in the Chinese media throughout the years. He recently gave a talk about himself and his Yellow River Soup Kitchen organization on YiXi (China’s equivalent of TED talks) on July 3rd, which brought him renewed attention. Tony’s story, as he himself relates it, goes like this: an electronic engineer by profession, he used to own two companies in the UK, and worked 16 to 18 hours a day. At some point he decided to give up his stressful life, sell what he owned and travel around Europe, volunteering as he traveled. He then …read more
You Zhonghui first Chinese woman to sign the “Giving Pledge”
Chinese entrepreneur You Zhonghui signed the “Giving Pledge” on May 30. The Giving Pledge is an initiative set up by the Gates couple and Warren Buffett in 2010, whose signatories promise to donate more than half of their wealth to charity. You is the first woman from Mainland China to sign the pledge. You Zhonghui and Bill Gates It appears that the decision was not taken on a whim, but after long consideration. Those familiar with You Zhonghui would not be surprised by her choice. You has long been active in the philanthropic field. As an entrepreneur, she is well known for promoting the informatization of education in China, and promoting the …read more
Chinese man wins lawsuit over forced gay conversion therapy
A man in Henan province has recently won a legal battle against a psychiatric hospital for the forced gay conversion therapy it performed on him. The man, surnamed Yu, was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Zhumadian by his wife and relatives in 2015, after his wife discovered he was gay. The hospital took Yu in and diagnosed him with “sexual preference disorder” without running through an examination. Yu was forced to take medicine and receive injections for 19 days before his friends and LGBT activists helped him to get out. Six months later Yu decided to sue the psychiatric hospital, and the case was filed on June 13th, …read more
Chinese mountain bikes donated to Nepal
The donation ceremony for the “Foshan Bike-Travel Assistance Program for Nepalese Mountain Residents” (佛国单车——尼泊尔山地居民出行援助计划) was held on the first of July in Kathmandu. The program consists of donating over 30.000 Chinese mountain bikes to Nepalese people residing in mountain areas. The program was initiated by the Beijing Ci Ai Charity Foundation (CACF), with the hope of alleviating the inconvenience of getting around in Nepal’s mountainous areas. According to Wang Xuan, the secretary-general of CACF, the first batch will consist of 300 bikes, the second batch of 1000 bikes, and over the next two years the foundation will strive to achieve the goal of donating 30,000 bikes. “China has always been Nepal’s best neighbor. The bikes brought …read more
A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law
This article provides an insightful analysis on the registration of overseas NGOs in China since the new law was passed, accompanied with numerous graphs and statistics.
Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicks off again, amid controversy within the animal rights movement
The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicked off yesterday for the ninth time, amid widespread criticism from Chinese animal-rights activists and the international community. Yulin residents have eaten dog meat and lychees on the summer solstice for generations, but the festival was only established in 2009, probably as a way to boost trade and tourism. photo credit to Shanghaiist During the week-long festival both dog eaters and activists will certainly be spotted in Yulin, as the local residents will slaughter and consume about 10,000 dogs, many of which will have been sent to the slaughterhouse before the festival begins. Although two US organizations claimed around a month ago that Yulin had instituted …read more
The Comprehensive List of Overseas NGOs Registered in China
The complete list of overseas NGOs that have succeeded in registering a representative office in China since the Overseas NGO Law came out.
Workshop on the Overseas NGO Law held in Ningbo
A workshop on the Overseas NGO Law was held by the Amity Foundation on May 25 in Ningbo, with the purpose of studying the law and discussing the way forward for exchange and cooperation with international civil society under its framework. Over 70 people attended the workshop, including representatives from both overseas and Chinese NGOs, academic institutions and government departments. The opening speech was delivered by Li Guohua, the Deputy Head of the Provincial Department of the United Front Work and Director of the Bureau of Religious Affairs of Jiangsu Province. During his speech, he spoke highly about the positive role played by overseas NGOs during China’s 40 years of …read more
A roundup on the registration of overseas NGOs in China
Since the new Overseas NGO Law was implemented in January, and perhaps since the law’s final version was released last April, the big question for most international NGOs working in China has been “will we be able to register”? The new law stipulates that every overseas NGO needs to first find a “supervisory unit” within the government, and then register with the Public Security Bureau. Many non-profits were not at all certain of how long the process would take, or whether it would end successfully. Shanghai and Beijing were unsurprisingly the first places to start issuing registration credentials to foreign NGOs, starting in January. Then over the following months other provinces started …read more
Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar
On May 20, a project linked to China’s One Belt and One Road initiative began offering surgery to impoverished cataracts patients in Myanmar’s ex-capital and largest city, Yangon. With plans to offer the cataract surgery to some 200 patients, the initiative is part of a program called “Overseas Chinese love is bright”. The activity is jointly sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, the Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Aier Eye Hospital. Doctor’s from the Hospital, which is located in Kunming, arrived on May 19 and immediately began work performing surgery on more than 40 patients. On the morning of May 20, an official …read more