07.11.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—July 3-11, 2017

July 3, 2017: On June 30, the Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office granted registration certificates to 15 foreign NGOs: Ford Foundation (United States), Give2Asia (United States), The Asia Foundation (United States),...
06.30.17

New Analysis: Four More Previously Unlisted Entities Become Professional Supervisory Units

A total of six entities, not originally included in the Ministry of Public Security’s 2017 list of eligible Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs), have now sponsored foreign NGO representative offices. More details about the newest of these PSUs can...
06.30.17

Four More Previously Unlisted Entities Become PSUs

Jessica Batke
Based on data released on June 28, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has permitted four additional entities to become Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) for foreign NGOs. The addition of these four new PSUs confirms that the MPS is actively...
06.29.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—June 28, 2017

Today, the head of the Yunnan Public Security Bureau Foreign NGO Management Office met with representatives of MSI Professional Services (Hong Kong) and Plan International (United States). MSI thanked the Yunnan office for its guidance and warm...
06.28.17

Ministry of Public Security Logs More than 30 New Representative Offices on Its Foreign NGO Management Office Website

On June 28, the Ministry of Public Security added more than 30 new foreign NGO representative offices to its running tally, bringing the total of approved offices to 132. The China NGO Project notes that most of the new additions were for offices...
06.28.17

Unofficial English Translations of Registration/Filing Forms Now Available

The China NGO Project has just posted English translations of the official forms needed to apply for a representative office or file for a temporary activity. You can access them all here.
06.28.17

New CSIS Report on “Business Models” for Human Rights NGOs

The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently published a new report by Edwin Rekosh exploring ways in which human rights NGOs might rethink how they approach their work internationally. Using a “business model”...
06.26.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—June 26, 2017

June 23, 2017: Today, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau Foreign NGO Management Office presented registration certificates to twenty-one foreign NGO representative offices:Five groups from Japan (Japan-China Economic Relations and Trade Center,...
06.22.17

New Analysis on (Non-)PSUs

To complement our chart on which government agencies are serving as Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) for foreign NGOs, we’ve written a separate analysis looking at what agencies are not serving as PSUs. Check it out here.
06.21.17

China Development Brief Posts List of Foreign NGO Representative Offices

China Development Brief (CDB) has posted its own list of foreign NGOs with representative offices in China. CDB's foreign NGO-related content can be found under the keyword "Overseas NGOs" on its website, including document...
06.21.17

Which PSUs Listed by the MPS Are Not Yet Serving as Such?

Jessica Batke
As of June 16, more than six months after the Foreign NGO Law went into effect, 84 foreign NGOs have successfully registered 97 representative offices. Thirty-eight unique Chinese government entities at either the national or provincial level have...
06.21.17

Case Study: Temporary Activity Filing Stalled

To complement our post on a successful temporary activity filing, one foreign NGO has agreed to let us present its experience of filing for a temporary activity, in which the filing stalled out in the middle of the process. The problem did not...

Rethinking the Human Rights Business Model

Edwin Rekosh
Center for Strategic and International Studies
06.20.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017:“Turkey’s International Silkroad Trade and Culture Association Helps International Cooperation of China Enterprise”June 16, 2017:On June 12, the Guangxi Public Security Bureau Foreign NGO Management Office met with the foreign NGO...
06.15.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017:Today, the Heilongjiang Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office, in conjunction with Heilongjiang University, held a meeting on the Foreign NGO Law. In attendance were the university's international culture and...
06.14.17

How Does My NGO File for a Temporary Activity in Multiple Provinces?

If my organization is carrying out one temporary activity in multiple provinces, must we file in each province, or simply file in the province where our Chinese Partner Unit is located?Though it appears that different provincial Public Security...
06.14.17

An Article Worth Reading

On June 13, South China Morning Post published a thorough report by Nectar Gan that details the experiences of foreign NGOs since the Foreign NGO Law went into effect this year. A few takeaways from this article:Groups are responding in a number of...

A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law

The Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute

Why Foreign NGOs Are Struggling with New Chinese Law

Nectar Gan
South China Morning Post
06.13.17

Analysis from Beijing Normal University: “How Is Implementation of the Foreign NGO Law Progressing?”

The Charity Philanthropy Research Institute (CPRI) at Beijing Normal University has published an analysis of the foreign NGO representative offices registered and the temporary activities that have been filed in the first five months of 2017. The...
06.09.17

New Analysis from Legal Expert Fu Hualing

Hong Kong University Legal Expert Fu Hualing conducts a thought experiment related to non-Chinese NGOs, asking “why does the Foreign NGO Law apply to them?” Read more here.
06.09.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—June 6-8, 2017

Here are our translations of the latest WeChat posts from the Ministry of Public Security related to Foreign NGOs.
06.09.17

Brochure: “Key Information about Registering a Foreign NGO Representative Office”

The Beijing Public Security Bureau Foreign NGO Management Office provides this brochure in paper form at its offices in Beijing’s Haidian District. The content of the brochure is identical to the information found in numbers 1-6 of the Guide for the...
06.09.17

Granting Money to an Individual under the Foreign NGO Law: A Thought Experiment

Jessica Batke & Fu Hualing
Despite the Foreign NGO Law’s taking effect on January 1 of this year, quite a number of questions regarding the law’s contents remain unanswered. Lawyers, scholars, and foreign NGOs themselves all face uncertainty as they try to understand how...
06.06.17

Possible Foreign NGO Law-Related Detentions: What We Know, and What We Don’t

Jessica Batke
Three labor activists affiliated with the New York-based China Labor Watch (CLW) were detained in China last week. Reports suggest that they were detained for investigating labor practices at factories in Jiangxi and Guangdong provinces. This comes...
06.02.17

Ministry of Public Security Appears to be Making New Organs Eligible to Sponsor Foreign NGOs

A comparison of the list of Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) that have already sponsored foreign NGOs and the Ministry of Public Security’s (MPS’) list of eligible PSUs for 2017 shows that, as of June 1, two entities that were not on the...
06.02.17

If My NGO Wants to Work Throughout China Does It Need a National-Level Professional Supervisory Unit?

Though the Ministry of Public Security does not appear to have issued official written guidance on this point, the registration of one foreign NGO in Gansu suggests that groups registered at the provincial level can indeed work throughout all of...
06.01.17

What Constitutes “Proof of Funding” When Filing for a Temporary Activity?

What constitutes “proof of funding” when filing for a temporary activity?In conversation with The China NGO project, multiple NGOs have expressed confusion about the exact documentation required to satisfy the requirement for “proof of funding” (“...
06.01.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—June 1, 2017

Today, the Beijing Public Security Bureau Foreign NGO Management Office granted representative office registration certificates to five more NGOs, including the Business Software Alliance (United States), The Nature Conservancy (United States), the...
05.31.17

Have a Question? Ask an Expert!

Despite the Foreign NGO Law’s having been in effect for five months, foreign NGOs have many unanswered technical and procedural questions about operating in China. The China NGO Project is soliciting foreign NGOs’ outstanding questions, which we...
05.31.17

Template for Foreign NGO-Chinese Partner Unit Memorandum of Understanding

The Environmental Law Institute has shared a version of the document it recently created to formalize a temporary activity agreement with its Chinese Partner Unit. This template is is available here, so that other foreign NGOs can use it to create...
05.30.17

Professional Supervisory Unit List Now Available as a Sortable Table

We’ve combined the Ministry of Public Security’s 2017 list of approved Professional Supervisory Units with China Law Translate’s translation of the same, creating a table that you can sort alphabetically by any column. Check out the table here.
05.27.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—May 27, 2017

Today, Hunan granted approval for its first batch of Foreign NGO representative offices: the Institute for Integrated Rural Development (Hong Kong), the China-Britain Business Council, and Reading Dreams (Hong Kong).
05.23.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—May 23, 2017

On May 23, the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Foreign NGO Management Office presented four German organizations with their representative office registration certificates: Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Rosa Luxembourg...
05.19.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—May 19, 2017

On May 19, the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Public Security jointly issued the “Notice on Work Related to Foreign NGO Representative Offices’ Renminbi Bank Account Management” (关于做好境外非政府组织代表机构人民币银行账户管理有关工作的通知). According to the...
05.18.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—May 11-15, 2017

Here are our translations of the latest WeChat posts from the Ministry of Public Security related to Foreign NGOs.
05.12.17

Beijing Normal University Releases Bilingual Foreign NGO Law FAQ

The Center for Charity Law at Beijing Normal University’s China Philanthropy Research Institute (CPRI), which runs a Foreign NGO Registration Support Program, issued a bilingual set of FAQs addressing 30 common questions related to foreign NGO...
05.12.17

We Called All of the Provincial Foreign NGO Management Offices So You Don’t Have To

As part of the fact-checking process for our FAQ on Ministry of Public Security (MPS) contact information—and keeping in mind previous reports that the National-level MPS Foreign NGO Management office initially didn’t have anyone answering the phone...
05.11.17

Which Professional Supervisory Units Are Sponsoring Foreign NGOs?

Following are the Professional Supervisory Units that have sponsored a (or multiple) foreign NGO representative office(s).
05.10.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts

The Ministry of Public Security continues to post updates relevant to the Foreign NGO Law on its WeChat account, the most recent of which are translated and summarized below.
05.09.17

More Foreign NGOs Register in Yunnan, Sichuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong

Shawn Shieh
The Beijing-based China Development Brief's (CDB’s) English-language website came out last month with more news about the implementation of the Foreign NGO Law in Yunnan, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Guangdong, where a large number of foreign NGOs...
05.02.17

German Political Foundations May Be Able to Register as NGOs in China

According to German media reports, China’s Ministry of Public Security has determined that five of Germany’s political foundations—Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Hanns Seidel Foundation, and Rosa...
05.02.17

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts

Since April 2, the Ministry of Public Security’s Office for NGO Management has been posting updates on its work to a WeChat account. The following are translations of some recent posts. We’ll do these translations frequently and post them in our “...
04.25.17

Are Activities Carried out by Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises Subject to the Foreign NGO Law?

According to guidance given during a Q&A session in 2016, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Foreign NGO Management Bureau will allow WFOEs to donate money for public interest or charitable purposes in China as long as they carry out...
04.24.17

Approved Foreign NGO Representative Offices: A Comparison with Previous Registrations

Jessica Batke
One of the mandates of the newly-enacted Law on the Management of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations’ Activities in the People’s Republic of China is that all Foreign NGOs with a permanent footprint in China must register with the Ministry of...
04.24.17

Foreign NGOs’ Temporary Activities

This sortable table lists the temporary activities that foreign NGOs have filed for since January 2017, and includes foreign NGOs’ activity names, Chinese Partner Units, activity dates, and activity locations. Click on any heading column to sort the...
04.24.17

How to File for a Temporary Activity

In recounting its experiences with the new filing process, the first NGO to successfully register for and carry out a temporary activity stressed that a willingness to educate Chinese partner units was key. Given how new the law is and how uncertain...
04.24.17

Registered Foreign NGO Representative Offices

This interactive map shows the approximate location of foreign NGOs’ representative offices in China. Click on a foreign NGO name in the sidebar to zoom in to that location on the map and display a pop-up containing the NGO’s Chinese name, country/...
04.23.17

Where Can My Organization Find All the Official Forms?

The following includes links to the official forms (in Chinese), as listed on the Ministry of Public Security website, which are necessary for compliance with both the representative office registration and temporary activity parts of China’s...
04.23.17

How Can My NGO Find an Official Sponsor in a Given Province?

Some provincial Public Security Bureaus have posted lists of Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs). The following are links to all the provincial-level PSU lists (in Chinese) that The China NGO Project was able to find online. All lists are in...
04.23.17

Government Forms Foreign NGO Coordination Groups at National, Provincial Levels

Jessica Batke
The Chinese government has established “coordination groups” at the national and provincial levels specifically to manage Foreign NGOs in the context of the newly-enacted Law on the Management of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations’ Activities in...