Citing Foreign NGO Law Requirements, U.S.-based NGO Opts out of China Summit

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 Foreign NGO Law.

Visually Understanding the Data on Foreign NGO Representative Offices and Temporary Activities

Jessica Batke
The China NGO Project has created the following visualizations based on data available on the Ministry of Public Security website, as well as on our own research. To analyze foreign NGO representative offices, we looked at organizations’ countries/...

Public Security Bureau Sub-Bureaus Open in Beijing, Visits to Foreign NGO Offices in Jiangsu, and Representative Office Training in Yunnan

The Shandong PSB Foreign NGO Management Office recently publicized the two-year anniversary of the Foreign NGO Law. Carrying along publicity materials, the provincial PSB visited the nine foreign NGOs registered in Shandong. The Dezhou, Weihai,...

New Analysis on Temporary Activity ‘Renewals’

Are foreign NGOs able to use temporary activity filings—which are officially only allowed to last a maximum of one year—to run longer-term grants or programs? Is it possible for international organizations to file year after year for the same...

Foreign NGO Publicity and ‘110 Day’ in Jiangsu and Anhui, Meetings with NGOs in Yunnan and Ningxia

Recently, the Jiangsu Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Department combined the two-year anniversary of the Foreign NGO Law with “110 Publicity Day” to actively promote the Law. [110 is China’s emergency police number.] The...

Recommended Reading: European NGOs and the Foreign NGO Law

Bertram Lang and Heike Holbig recently published an overview of the Foreign NGO Law’s effect on Europe-based non-profits, titled “Civil Society Work in China: Trade-Offs and Opportunities for European NGOs.” Though the article is primarily focused...

Hitting the Street in Lhasa, Educational Outreach in Tianjin

The Tibet PSB promotes the Foreign NGO Law on the streets of Lhasa, while Jiangxi and Tianjin PSBs visit universities and other government agencies to talk about schools' cooperation with foreign NGOs...

First Case of an Administrative Detention Linked to the Foreign NGO Law?

As reported by HK01, a Hong Kong-based news outlet focused on civil society and advocacy work, local public security authorities picked up Hong Kong resident Cheung Kam Hung on January 11 in Shenzhen, Guangdong province for violations of the Foreign...

Registrations and Filings: A Look Back at 2017 and 2018

The China NGO Project has just completed an analysis of representative office registrations and temporary activity filings during the first two years of Foreign NGO Law implementation. While office registrations have slowed, the number of...

Two Years of the Foreign NGO Law: How Did 2018’s Registrations and Filings Stack up against 2017’s?

Jessica Batke
As we greet 2019, we have now seen two full years of Foreign NGO Law implementation in China. If foreign NGOs thought that 2017 had a “crossing the river by feeling for stones” sense to it, 2018 was the year that registration and filing processes...

Two Temporary Activities Removed from Ministry of Public Security Database

The NGO Project has discovered that two temporary activities, previously listed on the Ministry of Public Security’s website, have been removed. The website does not provide any explanation for or recognition of this change.

Guangdong Awarded for Foreign NGO Law Promotion Work, Jiangsu and Tianjin Do Foreign NGO-Related Outreach

Recently, the Guangdong Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office received an award for its innovative work in promoting the law, the Jiangsu PSB Foreign NGO Management office held a conference for foreign NGO representative offices...

What More Do We Know about Recent Detentions and Foreign NGOs?

Jessica Batke
More than a week after the detention of two Canadian citizens, we know very little about the nature of the charges against them. Of particular concern to the foreign NGO community is the detention of Michael Kovrig, an employee of the non-profit...

Foreign NGO Employee Detained in Beijing

Jessica Batke
On Monday night, Chinese authorities detained Michael Kovrig of the Brussels-based non-profit International Crisis Group (ICG) in Beijing. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested—though did not definitively state—that Kovrig may have...

‘Scientific’ Programming, Annual Plan Guidance, and Foreign NGO Law Publicity

November 16, 2018:Recently, the Fujian Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office issued a registration certificate to BSK International (Germany). The PSB congratulated BSK on their newly-registered Xiamen representative office,...

How Outsiders View ‘Civil Society,’ the Stages of Chinese Charity, and Partnering with Domestic NGOs

Several of the recommendations made during the UN Human Rights Council’s recent Universal Periodic Review of China’s human rights record pertain to civil society and NGOs. Bin Xu, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Emory University,...

Give2Asia Webinar: How ‘Survivors’ Are Navigating the New Environment

U.S.-based non-profit Give2Asia hosted a webinar in October on foreign grant-making in China. University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Mark Sidel joined Give2Asia’s Adam King to discuss the state of play nearly two years after the Foreign NGO Law went into...

Second NGO De-Registers Representative Office

According to information on the Ministry of Public Security website, the Japan External Trade Organization (日本贸易振兴机构, JETRO) de-registered its representative office in Guangzhou, as of June 29, 2018. Until de-registering, it was permitted to operate...

German NGO Registers Third Office in China Despite Student’s Expulsion from the Country

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) registered its third office in China on November 9, according to Ministry of Public Security information, even though Chinese authorities forced a student studying...

Civil Society Space Changing, Not Shrinking: Report

Berthold Kuhn of Freie Universitat Berlin has published a new paper looking at “Changing Spaces for Civil Society Organisations in China.” This framework explicitly pushes back against the notion that civil society space is uniformly shrinking,...

Tianjin Holds a Training and Shanghai Promotes an Expo

Today, the Ministry of Public Security WeChat Account posted information and graphics about the number of representative offices registered and the number of temporary activities filed between January 2017 and the end of September 2018. A partial...

One New Professional Supervisory Unit Appeared in October

According to information from the MInistry of Public Security’s website, a new Professional Supervisory Unit (PSU) became a foreign NGO sponsor last month. The Guangdong Youth Federation, a provincial-level branch of the All-China Youth Federation,...

The Culture Sector, Program Observation in Xinjiang, and Addressing Registration Difficulties in Jiangxi

Recently, the chairman of Barry & Martin’s Trust (United Kingdom) visited the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Sixth People’s Hospital to observe an ongoing cooperative program and to sign an additional cooperation agreement. The Xinjiang...

How Has the Foreign NGO Law Affected International Adoption?

A new analysis piece looks at how the Foreign NGO Law has been applied to foreign NGOs working to facilitate international adoption. Jasmine I-Shin Su takes a look at what has changed in the foreign adoption process since the implementation of the...

How the Foreign NGO Law Has Affected International Adoption

Jasmine I-Shin Su
As a result of applying the Foreign NGO Law on foreign adoption agencies, since July 2017 the Chinese government has prevented foreign adoption agencies from legally filing temporary activities in China, and has effectively shut down at least three...

September Data and Some Recommended NGO Articles

The China NGO Project has posted representative office and temporary activity data for the month of September (with information available as of October 1). The pace at which representative offices are registered and at which new temporary activities...

China Development Brief to Hold Forum for Foreign NGOs

China Development Brief (CDB) will hold a forum in Beijing on November 6 and 7, “China’s Overseas NGO Law Two Years On,” for foreign NGOs operating in China. The goal of the gathering is to “facilitate the effective operations of overseas NGOs under...

How China Sidelines NGOs

Hannah Feldshuh

How Does My Organization Find a Professional Supervisory Unit?

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has released a list of approved Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs), arranged by field of specialization (see below). In addition, most provincial-level MPS foreign NGO offices have posted more specific PSU...

China Is ‘Doing Okay’ in Terms of Philanthropy and Private Social Investment, Says Report

The Doing Good Index 2018, a benchmark study by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), collected data from more than 1,500 non-profit organizations across 15 Asian economies and mapped the environment for philanthropy and private...

Registrations in Jiangsu, Hubei, and Chongqing; Training in Beijing, Tianjin, and Fujian; Inspection Visits in Yunnan

Recently, the Jiangsu Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office held a ceremony to give a registration certificate to the China Cross-Strait Exchange Association (Taiwan). PSB representatives offered their congratulations and...

Barred Tsinghua Student Studying Under Registered Foreign NGO’s Scholarship Program

As reported by Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), David Missal, a German citizen and journalism student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, was forced to leave China last month after authorities refused to renew his visa. Missal was studying at Tsinghua...

Preventing "Enemy Infiltration" in Shanghai

The Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions recently published an official document listing foreign NGO management work under the rubric of “social stability and preventing enemy infiltration.” Given the timing, it is unlikely the document was fully...

Shanghai Labor Union Preventing “Enemy Infiltration” along with Managing Foreign NGOs

Jessica Batke
In an official document dated late July, the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions, the city’s branch of the country’s official, Party-affiliated trade union, outlined the major themes of its work going forward, including preventing “enemy...

Will Foreign NGO Law Be Invoked in Ongoing Labor Case?

As reported by the South China Morning Post, the official Chinese media outlet Xinhua last week asserted that Hong Kong-based organization Worker Empowerment helped a Chinese NGO organize a labor strike in Shenzhen. Worker Empowerment denied the...

General Administration of Sports Releases Foreign NGO-Related Rules

The General Administration of Sports has issued a notice regarding foreign NGOs conducting sports activities in China.The notice reiterates that sporting events held by international non-profits fall under the ambit of the Foreign NGO Law. Article 6...

‘Drop-in Service’ in Guangxi, Foreign NGO Visits in Hubei and Qinghai

In order to promote foreign NGOs’ and Chinese Partner Units’ (CPUs’) legal registration and filing, the Guangxi Public Security Bureau (PSB) recently rolled out “drop-in service.” This entails the PSB visiting relevant entities to publicize the law...

18 Months in, What Do We Know about Chinese Partner Units?

Chinese Partner Units (CPUs) are critical players in the temporary activity process. Not only are they often the on-the-ground implementers of a temporary activity, and their organizational structure, location, and capacity affect what activities...

Chinese Partner Units: Who (and Where) Are They?

Jessica Batke
When considering the impact of the Foreign NGO Law, we often think first of the foreign NGOs themselves—who they are, and where they’re able to gain approval to carry out work in China. Yet, for foreign NGOs carrying out temporary activities in...

Webinar on Philanthropy Law in China

Council on Foundations (COF) recently hosted a webinar on Philanthropy Law in China, featuring Dr. Shawn Shieh and The China NGO Project editor Jessica Batke. From COF:Shawn presented the current landscape for philanthropy in China, with a special...

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Temporary Activities

How often does a temporary activity take place in more than one province? How many temporary activities come from “unique” foreign NGOs—is it mostly the same few NGOs doing all the temporary activities, or are there lots of foreign NGOs just doing...

What More Can We Learn about Temporary Activities?

Jessica Batke
How common is it for a temporary activity to cover multiple provinces? Are some provincial Public Security Bureaus (PSBs) more likely to allow cross-provincial activities than others? How many of all the temporary activities are just being done by a...

Take a China Development Brief Survey on Foreign NGOs in China!

China Development Brief (CDB) is conducting a survey of foreign NGOs working—or hoping to work—in mainland China.

Shawn Shieh's Take on Civil Society in the Xi Jinping Era

Over on the main ChinaFile site, Dr. Shawn Shieh offers his view on the current environment and possibilities for civil society under Xi Jinping's effort to “remake civil society in the Party-state’s image.” Shieh wonders if Xi's grand...



Remaking China’s Civil Society in the Xi Jinping Era

Shawn Shieh
Given his past animosity towards civil society, Xi’s actions have been seen by some as moving China towards a new form of totalitarianism and a closing of the space for civil society. I would argue instead that we should see Xi’s ascendancy,...

Recent NGO-Related News

The policy environment for domestic NGOs; the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals; foreign NGOs and Taiwan; and the #MeToo movement. . .

Does China’s Foreign NGO Law Present a Non-profit Opportunity for Taiwan?

Jessica Batke from The News Lens
Establishing operations in Taiwan wasn’t the most logical option for international organizations whose missions demanded they be on the ground to engage with the challenging but dynamic “wild west” of civil society work in the P.R.C. Could the...

Ministry of Civil Affairs Releases Notice about PSU Applications

from China Development Brief
The Ministry of Civil Affairs published this notice in June 2018. It was translated by China Development Brief and first appeared on its website.Notice from the Ministry of Civil Affairs regarding “The Work Method for the Ministry of Civil Affairs...

Shanghai Conference for Business and Commerce-Related NGOs, Foreign NGO Law Education for a University and ‘Returned Overseas Chinese’ Federation

July 2, 2018:In an official ceremony, the Fujian Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office issued a registration certificate to the Taiwan-China Strait Two Shores One Family Exchange Promotion Association. The head of the Fujian PSB...

EU Raised Foreign NGO Law at EU-China Human Rights Dialogue

China and the EU held their 36th Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing on July 9 and 10. The EU press release about the dialogue makes clear that issues such as detained lawyers and the situation in Xinjiang were a key focus of the sessions, but the EU...

Video Policy Brief: Including Civil Society in EU-China Relations

Andreas Fulda from Asia Dialogue
Asia Dialogue recently posted a series of “video policy briefs” looking at implementation of the Foreign NGO Law in China. Each video looks at a different country or aspect of the Law’s implementation. The following offers the author’s suggestions...

New Report on Chinese Civil Society in 2018 from the China-Europe Association for Civil Rights

The China-Europe Association for Civil Rights (CEACR) published a new report on civil society organizations that covers the first quarter of 2018. CEACR writes that the impact of the Foreign NGO Law and the Charity Law has led to the “control and...

Video Policy Brief: French and Dutch NGOs and the Foreign NGO Law

Patrick Schroeder from Asia Dialogue
Asia Dialogue recently posted a series of “video policy briefs” looking at implementation of the Foreign NGO Law in China. Each video looks at a different country or aspect of the Law’s implementation. The following is focused on how groups from...

Video Policy Brief: British NGOs and the Foreign NGO Law

from Asia Dialogue
Asia Dialogue recently posted a series of “video policy briefs” looking at implementation of the Foreign NGO Law in China. Each video looks at a different country or aspect of the Law’s implementation. The following is focused on how groups from the...

Video Policy Brief: German NGOs and the Foreign NGO Law

from Asia Dialogue
Asia Dialogue recently posted a series of “video policy briefs” looking at implementation of the Foreign NGO Law in China. Each video looks at a different country or aspect of the Law’s implementation. The following is focused on German groups’...

Only Two New Representative Offices in June

Only two new representative offices were registered in June. The last time we saw such low registration numbers was between mid-February and mid-March of last year (right after the Foreign NGO Law came into effect). We don’t yet know if this drop-...