Keyword: Policy and Regulations

New document released to improve China’s endowment insurance system

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance recently released the “Guiding Opinions on Establishing a Mechanism on the Benefit Determination of Basic Endowment Insurance for Urban and Rural Residents and on the Normal Adjustment of Basic Pensions” (hereinafter referred to as the “Opinions”), which is estimated to be of relevance to 500 million urban and rural residents. As an important part of China’s basic old-age insurance system, the basic endowment insurance system for urban and rural residents was established in February 2014, and was included in the new social endowment insurance system for rural and urban residents. As of the end of December 2017, the number …read more

MCA publishes new online database on laws and regulations for social organizations

MCA publishes new online database on laws and regulations for social organizations

The China Social Organizations website (operated by the Social Organizations Management Bureau of the Ministry of Civil Affairs) has launched a column on policies and regulations, collecting the regulations on social organizations and creating a database. This facilitates the access to social policies for social organizations. The database classifies the policies and regulations according to the type of registration, sector and structure. Currently 24 laws and regulations have been collected on charitable projects. The earliest among them is the Welfare Donations Law of the People’s Republic of China, dating back to 1999. 51 laws and policies concerning finance and tax regulations have also been included into the database, since the regulations on …read more

China to establish International Development Cooperation Agency

During the fourth session of the first annual meeting of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress on March 13th, it was announced that a new state-level International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) will be set up to integrate the responsibilities of the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign affairs concerning foreign aid. State councillor Wang Yong, entrusted by the State Council, stated that the IDCA will be targeted at giving full play to the role of foreign aid as a major instrument of Chinese diplomacy. A unified management of foreign aid work will also be promoted, and foreign assistance will be optimized in order to better serve the overall needs of …read more

Western Returned Scholars Association has its operations suspended for three months

Established in June 1989, the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA) has been imposed the administrative penalty of having its activities suspended for three months by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. WRSA was founded by Wu Xiuquan, of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, in 1989. It is a civil foundation comprising overseas Chinese scholars and experts who have returned from studying in western countries, targeted at developing and promoting scientific education and cultural communication in China. Before receiving this administrative penalty, the foundation had already been found to be unqualified during its annual inspection for three consecutive years. In the investigation by the Ministry of Civil Affairs …read more

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

Operational Guide for Foreign NGOs Completing Annual Reports Online

The translation of an article by the Ministry of Public Security explaining how overseas NGOs should submit their annual reports.

Prime minister's annual work report sets poverty alleviation and environmental goals

Prime minister’s annual work report sets poverty alleviation and environmental goals

As in previous years, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. During the session, the Chinese premier reported on the government work of the past five years, and put forward suggestions for this year’s work on behalf of the State Council. His report touched widely upon fields of interest for the NGO sector, including poverty alleviation, child welfare protection, the elimination of discrimination and environmental protection.  The report stated that in the past five years people’s lives have continued to improve, and provided some relevant statistics. The number of people in poverty decreased …read more

New regulation adopted on social organizations’ credit information management

On the 24th of January, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that the Regulation on Social Organisation Credit Information Management (《社会组织信用信息管理办法》) was adopted on the 12th of January in a departmental meeting, and will come into force upon promulgation. According to the new regulation, the Ministry of Civil Affairs will supervise the information management work. The administrative office shall protect state secrets, trade secrets and personal privacy while carrying out the work. The credit information of social organisations is made up of their basic information, annual work report information, administrative inspection information and “other information”. To deal with social organisations who don’t fulfil their obligations and display illegal conduct, two lists …read more

99 social organizations de-registered in Guizhou for violating regulations

99 social organizations de-registered in Guizhou for violating regulations

On the 13th of January the Civil Affairs Department in Guizhou Province released an announcement, declaring that 99 social organizations had been deregistered according to the law. Organizations such as the Guizhou Coal Economic Research Association (贵州省煤炭经济研究会), the Guizhou Foundation for Poverty Alleviation in Ethnic Areas (贵州省民族地区扶贫基金会), the Guizhou Society for Economic Reform (贵州省经济体制改革研究会) and the Guizhou Institute of Foreign Languages (贵州外国语学院) were included. The full list is displayed on the official website of the Civil Affairs Department. The 99 social organizations stand accused of not attending their annual inspections for a long period of time, violating the article 28 of the Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Social …read more

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The Top Ten Stories of 2017 in Chinese Civil Society

The top ten stories of the year in Chinese civil society as chosen by CDB, from the Overseas NGO Law to Tencent’s 9/9 Philanthropy Day

Ivory trade prohibition comes into force in China

Ivory trade prohibition comes into force in China

The State Council of the PRC issued an announcement on the 30th of December 2016, stating that the commercial manufacturing and selling of ivory products was being stopped all over Mainland China. In consequence, any sale of ivory products on the markets is forbidden in Mainland China from the 1st of January 2018. This prohibition is likely to have a profound impact on elephant conservation. American business news site Quartz assessed recently that China was the largest ivory importer in the world, and that thirty thousand elephants were poached in Africa every year due to Chinese demand. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016 estimated …read more

Jiangsu passes the first local charity regulations in China

Jiangsu province ratified the first provincial regulations to standardize the implementation of the Charity Law during the 33rd meeting of the 12th Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Jiangsu, on December 2, 2017. The official WeChat account of the Ministry of Civil Affairs published an article identifying five main points from within the regulations. The first one is that governmental responsibilities are further clarified, as the regulations implement a coordination mechanism for all the charity work that involves state organs, people’s organizations and charitable organizations. For individuals who seek help, the regulations specify the channels and the process. Help-seekers should reveal their genuine identities when they distribute information, and …read more

Overseas NGOs register in Jiangsu and Hunan

Two overseas NGOs recently registered in Jiangsu and Hunan provinces. In Jiangsu, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credential to the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion. The PSB officials congratulated the Council on their successful registration and assured that the public security organs will provide more effective services based on the law. The chief representative from the Council thanked the overseas NGO management office and stated that the Council will keep promoting trade between the Netherlands and China. In Hunan, the Thailand-China Eastern Alliance Trade Promotion Council was awarded registration credential by the local PSB. The occasion was marked with a ceremony, during which the …read more

CDB holds workshop on the Overseas NGO Law in Beijing

CDB holds workshop on the Overseas NGO Law in Beijing

Since the Overseas NGO Management Law came into effect at the beginning of this year, more and more overseas NGOs have successfully registered. The primary concern has now become how to better conduct activities in China under the new legal framework. In order to respond to this need, China Development Brief held a workshop on the operations of overseas NGOs in China on December 1st in Beijing, where representatives of overseas NGOs from different countries and regions shared their strategies and experiences. Out of the overseas NGOs that took part, 19 have registered their offices in China. In total, the event had over 60 participants. The panelists and participants generally agreed on the …read more

The World Resources Institute registers representative office in Beijing

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has reported via their official Wechat account that they have registered their representative office in Beijing. The NGO was awarded registration credential by the Beijing Municipal PSB on November 15. The occasion was marked with a ceremony, during which the WRI’s representative office stated that they will keep carrying out activities relevant to the environment and sustainable development in China. The World Resources Institute is an independent non-profit global research organization that was established in Washington D.C. in June 1982. The organization has a scientific basis, and does a lot of research in the fields of the environment and sustainability. It aims to find practical …read more

A Statistical Analysis of ONGOs' Registrations and Temporary Activities

A Statistical Analysis of ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities

A detailed look at the statistics on overseas NGOs registering representative offices and filing temporary activities since the Overseas NGO Law came out. Complete with numerous graphs and tables.

Provincial Public Security Bureau Sponsors a Taiwanese NGO in Liaoning

Editor’s Note This report originally appeared on ChinaFile. Please find the original here. According to data from the Ministry of Public Security, the Liaoning Public Security Bureau is now serving as the Professional Supervisory Unit (PSU) for a Taiwanese NGO. This is the first time since the Foreign NGO Law went into effect in January that a public security organ has agreed to serve as a foreign NGO’s PSU. It is also notable since public security entities were not initially included in the Ministry of Public Security’s 2017 list of eligible PSUs. Interestingly, the NGO in question, the Taiwan Trade Center, has representative offices already registered in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces. …read more

PSB holds meetings with overseas NGOs in Beijing and Shanghai

The Beijing PSB organized a meeting for the chief representatives of the representative offices of overseas NGOs on November 3. The PSB officials reported on the management and services they had provided since the implementation of the Overseas NGO Law. They claimed that as more overseas NGOs register and carry out activities in China, the PSB will actively cooperate with other departments to introduce more convenient measures and protect the NGOs’ legal interests. The officials also gave a few figures, explaining that up to now there have been 242 registered overseas NGOs in China and 344 completed filings of temporary activities. The main fields of work include the economy, education, technology, health, …read more

Annual report on the 2016 National Program of Action for Child Development in China (2011-2020) released

In order to better reflect the progress of “the National Program of Action for Child Development in China (2011-2020)”, the National Statistics Bureau recently summarized and analyzed data for 2016 collected from the relevant departments in five different fields, including health, education, welfare, social environment and legal protection. The results appear to show that the Program’s implementation has proceeded smoothly and a number of indexes have achieved their goals ahead of schedule. In the field of health, children’s life quality has been improving continuously. In 2016, the infant mortality rate was 7.5%, the under-5 mortality rate was 10.2% and the low birth-weight rate was 2.73%. The promotion of breastfeeding has …read more