Temporary Activities: the New Normal for International NGOs in China?
While it remains complicated for overseas NGOs to register a representative office in China, conducting “temporary activities” is becoming a popular solution, even for organizations that want to work in the country for the long-term.
An Overview of Chinese Foreign Aid: a Rising Player in Need of Improvement
An introduction to China’s growing foreign aid program, including its history, objectives and challenges.
A perspective on China’s ban on importing foreign waste
This July, China announced a ban on the import of 24 types of solid waste by the end of the year, with the motivation of protecting its environmental interests and the public’s health. Three month into the new regulations, Hu Boyang from Narada Insight shared his perspective on the ban. China has been a top destination for waste for years, importing garbage from around the world for recycling to secure cheap commodities for manufacturers, at the risk however of severe environmental costs. To elaborate Hu takes Guiyu, the notorious E-Waste town in Guangdong, as an example: the considerable profits from the recycling of electronics has brought thousands of workshops to …read more
Statistics on ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities, January to August
This article offers an overview of the statistics on Overseas NGOs registering in China under the new legal framework, looking at the period from January until August 2017.
Oxfam receives its registration credentials in Gansu and Guangdong
Yesterday Oxfam’s office in Gansu province received its registration credentials from the provincial Public Security Bureau (PSB), following the successful registration of Oxfam’s office in Guangdong on the 2nd of June. The professional supervisory unit (PSU) responsible for Oxfam’s office in Gansu is the Department of Education of Gansu Province, and the office’s work mainly focuses on education, poverty alleviation and disaster relief and recovery. When it comes to the Guangdong office, its PSU is the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province. Through cooperation with organizations at all levels, Oxfam’s office in Guangdong implements programs including community development for disadvantaged groups, policy advocacy, capacity building for charitable organizations and …read more
Heilongjiang and Tibet issue registration credentials to two overseas NGOs
The first overseas NGOs have been awarded their registration credentials in Heilongjiang and Tibet. The two NGOs that registered are the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization (Japan) in Heilongjiang and the Nima Association (Germany) in Tibet. The ceremonies to mark the registration were held on the 13th of June. In Heilongjiang the head of the local PSB congratulated the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization as the first registered overseas NGO in China’s northernmost province, and expressed their wish that it can continue to act as a bridge between Heilongjiang and Yamagata. The chief representative of the NGO expressed its appreciation for the warm services of the PSB, and stated …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.
Over 300 million Yuan in fines handed out for environmental violations
Beginning in April, China’s Central Environmental Inspector (CEI) has unearthed a series of environmental violations that have led to over 300 million yuan in fines, while conducting inspections in Tianjin, Shanxi, Liaoning, Anhui, Fujian, Hunan and Guizhou provinces. The CEI has been conducting inspections on factories and related departments for three years now, but this particular investigation has led to severe fines and consequences due to its three-step investigative process. The first step of the investigation was completed by May 12. It was announced that the CEI had already worked on more than 11 thousand cases of environmental violations, which amounted to over 90 million yuan in fines for more …read more
CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations
Mr. Li Xikui, Secretary General of CPAFFC. A good option may have presented itself for all the foreign NGOs in China that are still looking for a government supervisory unit in order to register, as required by the Overseas NGO Law. A few days ago it was announced that the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) would act as the government supervisory unit for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, three out of the four German political party foundations that registered in Beijing as overseas NGOs this week. CPAFFC was founded in 1954 as a nation-wide entity specializing in foreign …read more
The Nature Conservancy latest overseas NGO to successfully register
Representatives from The Nature Conservancy and Beijing’s Public Security Bureau. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) received its registration credentials from the Beijing Public Security Bureau on May 24th, becoming the latest international NGO to be able to register in China since the Overseas NGO Law was passed in January. Established in the US in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is now the world’s largest non-profit environmental protection organization. Currently operating in more than 60 nations around the globe, TNC overseas 500,000 square kilometers of protected nature reserves, 8,000 kilometers of rivers and more than 100 marine habitat zones. In addition, TNC engages in various projects around the world, including those involving biodiversity, …read more
Taiwan first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage supporters hug each other on the streets of Taipei after hearing the court order. In a victorious ruling for supporters of same-sex marriage, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that the legal definition of marriage is not limited to that between a man and a woman. The ruling also gives Taiwan’s parliament two years to pass new legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. Announcements of the ruling were met with raucous applause on the streets of central Taipei, where rainbow flag-wielding supporters were awaiting the verdict. The bill to enforce the court’s ruling is already in progress, requiring that authorities either enact or amend relevant laws within two years. If …read more
Four German political foundations register in Beijing as overseas NGOs
Representatives from German political foundations displaying their registration credentials. This week, Beijing’s Public Security Bureau awarded registration credentials to four German political foundations: the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Party political foundations are an institution specific to Germany. Subsidized by the German government, there are six party political foundations in Germany, each affiliated with its respective political party. They engage in international aid and volunteer training activities. The four foundations that have successfully registered in Beijing are respectively affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union, the Green Party, the Left Party and the Christian Social Union. The Chinese People’s Association …read more
Four provinces issue registration credentials to overseas NGOs
Registration credentials being conferred to a foreign NGO in Jiangxi Province. In the past two weeks, Hubei, Jiangxi and Gansu provinces and the city of Tianjin have issued their first batches of registration credentials to overseas NGOs. These regions join Guangzhou, Yunnan and other areas that have already issued registration credentials to groups of international NGOs, following the Overseas NGO Law which was implemented in the beginning of 2017. As in the previous cases, the organizations that gained their credentials include a number of Chambers of Commerce and other trade-focused organizations. The two NGOs that have been issued credentials by Hubei are the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the Cheonju …read more
Government puts end to charity suspected of pyramid scheme
This week, The Ministry of Civil Affairs released an alert regarding Shanxinhui, a charity supposedly utilizing pyramid-scheme business models to misappropriate funds. The announcement by the Ministry read, “ALERT: National crackdown on Shanxinhui. Please exercise caution!” The Ponzi-scheme reminiscent business approach that the charity has taken allowed them to trick people across China, but the Ministry states that this will not continue. According to reports, departments across the nation have taken steps to put a halt to the charity’s activities. Below is CDB’s abridged translation of a report on the incident. Leaders of Liaoning’s illegal pyramid-scheme management organization have begun an investigation of Shanxinhui’s charity operations after they received …read more
Over 500 charitable organizations register in first four months of Charity Law’s enforcement
A report was released by Beijing Normal University this week, exploring the state of charitable organizations in China during the first four months of the Charity Law’s implementation, between September and December 2016. The report appears to confirm that it has got much easier for Chinese charitable organizations to officialy register since the law took effect. It states that during the time span considered more than 500 charitable organizations were registered in 15 Chinese provinces. Out of these 113 obtained public fundraising qualifications, 13 were chosen by the Civil Administration Bureau as online fundraising platforms, and 21 charitable trusts were put on record. Lastly, the report states that the central …read more
Tax department releases announcement on tax registration for overseas NGOs
In an effort to further implement the “Law on the Management of Overseas NGOs”, the State Administration of Taxation recently sent an announcement regarding tax registration for overseas NGOs to all tax departments. Below is CDB’s translation of the announcement. In line with current provisions for tax registration, overseas NGOs that registered at the Public Security Bureau after January 1 whose taxpayer ID codes use an 18-digit unified social credit code will be issued tax registration certificates. As for overseas NGOs that have already registered and set up a tax registration with the Civil Affairs Department but do not yet have a unified social credit code, the tax bureau will …read more