How China’s Overseas NGO Law was Conceived
The process of drawing up China’s Overseas NGO Law of 2017 was more complex than many imagine. A draft of the law was opened up to public comment, and the feedback provided by the NGO sector contributed to the final result.
(CDB Forum 2019) Lu Xuan – How Overseas NGOs Can Work Legally in China
Lu Xuan, from the Legal Centre for NGOs, explains some important points concerning the Overseas NGO Law and the operations of overseas NGOs in China.
(CDB Forum 2019) Professor Jia Xijin on the Overseas NGO Law
A translation of the talk by Professor Jia Xijin, of Tsinghua University, at CDB’s recent forum for overseas NGOs
Four overseas NGOs register representative offices in Beijing
According to information provided on the Ministry of Public Security’s website, four new overseas NGOs officially registered representative offices in Beijing on December 2, bringing the total number of representative offices of overseas NGOs in Mainland China to 514. The four latest organisations to register are the Southwest Research Institute (US), the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (Hong Kong), the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong), and the World Cement Association (United Kingdom). None of the four organisations work in fields traditionally associated with civil society. The Southwest Research Institute is an independent organisation for applied research and development headquartered in Texas, which provides contract research services for governments …read more
Two South Korean NGOs de-register their Chinese offices
As reported by ChinaFile, two South Korean overseas NGOs have officially de-registered their representative offices in China. This follows on the heels of another five overseas NGOs that de-registered over the first eight months of 2019. What makes these figures more striking is that over the first two years of implementation of China’s new law on overseas NGOs (2017/2018), under which all of their representative offices need to be registered with the Ministry of Public Security, only two overseas NGOs had taken this step. The last two NGOs to de-register are the South Korea Northeast Asia Foundation For Education And Culture (韩国东北亚教育文化协力财团), registered in Jilin, which had provided educational funding and resources to …read more
Five overseas NGOs de-register their representative offices in China
As reported by ChinaFile, five overseas NGOs have de-registered their representative offices in China over the last few months. The NGOs that de-registered are the Europe-China Culture and Economy Commission (Belgium), the World Future Council (Germany), the KYOTO Industrial Support Organization 21 (Japan), the Confederação Nacional do Transporte (CNT) (Brazil), and the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (USA). Over the first two years of the Overseas NGO Law’s implementation, in 2017-2018, only two overseas NGOs had chosen to de-register their offices. The reasons for the recent de-registrations are unclear. The China NGO Project of ChinaFile reports that they attempted to contact all five of the NGOs to learn about the reasons …read more
Norwegian NGO Mission Alliance registers office in Yunnan
The Public Security Department’s Overseas NGO Management Office in Yunnan Province recently issued a registration certificate for the local Representative Office of Mission Alliance (Norway). Headquartered in Oslo and established in 1901, Mission Alliance is committed to promoting the development of impoverished and vulnerable groups. The organization entered China in 1997 and cooperated with local governments and social organizations in project activities in the areas of health, disability, aid, and community development. It has cooperated with the Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University to carry out pilot projects in Guandu District of Kunming City and Jianshui City of Honghe Prefecture to improve the rehabilitation service capacity of community health service centers …read more
Nankai University Education Foundation thanks the Tianjin PSB for its help with overseas NGO cooperation
The Ministry of Public Security’s official WeChat account has reported that the Nankai University Education Foundation recently visited the overseas NGOs administration office of the Tianjin Public Security Bureau, and presented them with a banner to thank them for their services and express their respect for the bureau’s work style of “being practical, doing good things, and solving difficulties”. The Nankai University Education Foundation has long been cooperating with more than 10 overseas NGOs to donate money for education. These organizations provide scholarships of millions of Yuan for students in poverty every year, making a great contribution to the development of education and public welfare in Nankai University. However, it was reported …read more
List of fields of activity and supervisory units for overseas NGOs updated for 2019
An updated version of the “List of Fields of Activity, Categories of Projects and Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) for Overseas NGOs Carrying out Activities in Mainland China” has been published by China’s Ministry of Public Security. The original version was published in December 2016, and translated by CDB. The updated version for 2019 includes 8 major fields of activity, 65 sub-fields and 237 primary projects. Compared to the original version the number of sub-fields has increased by 13, while the number of primary projects has increased by 45. The new sub-fields of activity include (among others) civil aviation, natural resources and market supervision in the economics field, quality control in …read more
Japanese NGO Green Net registers in Inner Mongolia
The Public Security Bureau of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region recently issued the Japanese NGO Green Net with its registration certificate. During the ceremony Otaki Takashi, the chief representative of the Inner Mongolia office of the Green Net, introduced the organization’s sand control and greening projects in the Horqin Sandy Land. He assured that the organization would carry out projects and activities according to the law, strengthen cross-national cooperation in the prevention and control of desertification, and make a positive contribution to ecological protection in Inner Mongolia. The person in charge of the overseas NGO management office of the PSB affirmed the outstanding achievements of the Green Net in sand prevention and …read more
Open Source Hardware Association cancels summit in Shenzhen citing Overseas NGO Law
The report below was originally published by ChinaFile. See the original here. Yesterday, the U.S.-based Open Source Hardware Association announced on its website that it had canceled plans to hold its annual summit in Shenzhen, in large part due to difficulties complying with China’s Overseas NGO Law. The non-profit organization, which has about 500 dues-paying members, had planned the summit for Shenzhen because the city has “a vibrant local community of open source hardware enthusiasts,” and because “many members of the OSHW community were also very excited for the opportunity to travel to a location that is so central to manufacturing innovation.” According to its website, OSHWA found itself unable to identify …read more
State media seeks to reassure overseas NGOs
Haiwainet.com, the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, has published an article claiming that overseas NGOs in China have nothing to worry about as long as they follow the law. This comes in the wake of the detention of two Canadians in China on December 13, at least one of whom was accused of working for an unregistered overseas NGO. The article is entitled “Canadian citizen detained in China, what are overseas NGOs panicking about? (加拿大公民在华被拘 境外非政府组织慌什么?) As the Haiwainet article reminds us, at the regular press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on December 12, ministry spokesman Lu Kang claimed that the detention of former Canadian diplomat and full-time expert consultant of …read more
Beijing’s Public Security Bureau Explains the Overseas NGO Law
A translation of the talk given by an official from the NGO Management Office of Beijing’s PSB at CDB’s recent forum, including an extremely detailed rundown of the legal requirements for overseas NGOs based on the practical problems encountered over the last years.
Professor Jia Xijin: Two Years of the Overseas NGO Law
Tsinghua Professor Jia Xijin’s talk from CDB’s recent forum for Overseas NGOs.
BSK International registers in Fujian province
BSK International, from Germany, has become the latest overseas NGO to register in China, opening its representative office in Xiamen, Fujian province. The chief representatives of the association expressed gratitude to the PSB for its efficient work and support, and said that they will abide by regulations while carrying out activities. They also assured that they will promote exchanges and cooperation between Germany and China, and make a contribution to the development of education. BSK International is a non-profit organization, established in Berlin, which aims at International academic exchange. BSK International constantly strives towards international academic exchange and cooperation, especially between universities and colleges in China and public universities in …read more
Elizabeth Knup: the Ford Foundation’s Future in China
A translation of the talk that Ms. Elizabeth Knup, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, gave at CDB’s forum on the 6th of November.
CDB holds forum for overseas NGOs
We are pleased to report that China Development Brief’s third forum for overseas NGOs was successfully held in Beijing on the 6th and 7th of November. Entitled “China’s Overseas NGO Law Two Years On”, the forum attracted an audience of over 100 people, mostly representatives of overseas NGOs that work or intend to work in China, as well as academics, embassy staff and journalists. The two-day event featured talks, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. The main focus was the administrative and operational challenges that overseas NGOs face while working under the new legal framework. CDB hosted two similar events in 2017, focusing more specifically on the registration procedures for overseas …read more
40 Years of Chinese Charity in Different Phases
A personal attempt to summarise the course of the last 40 years of philanthropy in China, from the Reform and Opening Up until the present day.