09.17.19

Training in Xinjiang, NGO Assistance in Hubei

August 22, 2019:The Public Security Bureau of Xinjiang Autonomous Region recently held a training course on the management of foreign NGOs in the region. Police from Foreign NGO Management Offices at various local-level PSBs took part in the...
09.03.19

Chongqing PSB Meets Hungarian Officials, Japanese NGO Opens Its Doors in Hunan, Tianjin PSB Tested on Foreign NGO Knowledge

August 8, 2019:Representatives of the Chongqing Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office recently met with the consul general, consul, and the director of the secretariat of the Hungarian Consulate in Hong Kong. They...
08.27.19

How China Regulates Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations

Siodhbhra Parkin
Nearly three years into implementation of the ONGO Law, it is difficult to make a strong case for this latter argument. According to data taken directly from the MPS, foreign NGOs’ efforts to register representative offices have slowed to a trickle...
08.26.19

PSB Gives Foreign NGO Law Lectures, Including on the Education Sector

July 29, 2019:At the invitation of the region’s Foreign Affairs Office, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office recently gave a lecture on the Foreign NGO Law, including relevant procedures for...
08.26.19

Updated FAQ Section

We’ve recently updated and re-organized our FAQ section based on user feedback. In particular, we’ve gathered key questions related to representative offices and temporary activities onto their own separate pages, to allow for easier browsing and...
08.26.19

Yunnan PSB Lectures on Foreign NGO Religious Activities, Hunan PSB Gives out Three New Registration Certificates

July 19, 2019:Police from the Jiangxi Province Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office recently met with representatives of Casa Ricci Social Services (Macau)’s Kunming office. The NGO's staff discussed the group’s leprosy...
08.05.19

New Foreign NGO Offices in Tianjin, Guangdong, Shandong; Raising Legal Awareness in Tibet

June 6, 2019:The Tianjin Public Security Bureau (PSB) recent held an ceremony recognizing the establishment of 16 local sub-bureaus of the Foreign NGO Management Office.At the ceremony, the Tianjin PSB Foreign NGO Management Office explained that...
08.05.19

PSB Conducts Educational Sessions in Shanghai and Guizhou

June 24, 2019:The Hainan Province Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office issued a registration certificate to the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Representatives from the Hainan Health Commission also attended the...
08.01.19

Analysis: What New Civil Service Rules Might Mean for NGOs in China

Contributor Holly Snape writes about two trends that have the potential to significantly reshape and further restrict space for civil society activity in mainland China: first, changing incentive structures for government officials, including those...
07.31.19

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/...
07.17.19

Shanghai Newspaper Accuses American NGOs of Supporting Hong Kong Protests

Xinmin Evening News, a Shanghai metro paper put out by the Chinese Communist Party Shanghai Municipal Committee, published an article on July 13 asserting that American NGOs plotted recent demonstrations in Hong Kong against a controversial...
06.27.19

Provincial PSBs Emphasize Health and Education Work for Foreign NGOs

In light of the third anniversary of the adoption of the Foreign NGO Law, the Tianjin Municipality PSB Foreign NGO Management Office paid visits to local government agencies, universities, and foreign NGOs that are based in China as part of a week-...
06.13.19

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” when filing for a temporary activity. We are unaware of detailed written...
06.10.19

How Does My Organization Contact a National-Level Professional Supervisory Unit?

Contact information for some of the Ministry of Public Security-approved Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs), as provided by the Ministry of Public Security.
06.10.19

What Happens if a Foreign NGO Violates the Law?

Articles 45 and 46 of the Foreign NGO Law list the sanctions that can be applied to foreign NGOs that are not compliant with the Law. These include the suspension of activities, the confiscation of illegal assets, and the withdrawal of registration...
06.10.19

How Can My NGO Operate Before It Finds a Professional Supervisory Unit?

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has not offered formal guidance on this point, though it is becoming more pressing for NGOs who have been unable to obtain sponsorship from unresponsive Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs). Several NGOs have...
06.04.19

New Temporary Activity Analysis from China Development Brief

A recent report from China Development Brief (CDB) discusses how some foreign NGOs are choosing to carry out multiple, long-term temporary activities as an alternative to registering for a representative office. Pointing to a decline in the number...
06.04.19

Thanks to the PSB in Tianjin, a New Registration in Zhejiang, and Youth Exchanges in the Greater Bay Area

Recently, the Zhejiang PSB Foreign NGO Management Office issued a registration certificate to the China-Africa Chamber of Commerce representative office in Huzhou. The PSB congratulated the China-Africa Chamber of Commerce and pledged to continue...
06.04.19

New Report on Youth Activists in China

The China Youth Activists Development Concern Group (中国青年行动者发展关注组) recently released a report detailing the obstacles facing young Chinese who are involved in socially progressive, non-governmental organizations. The report, “Report on Current...
05.21.19

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

There does not appear to be one set answer to this question, despite the fact that a large number of successful temporary activity filings have taken place in multiple provinces. Different provincial Public Security Bureaus (PSBs) have offered...
05.21.19

Have Any Foreign NGOs Been Denied Registration or Had Their Temporary Activities Shut Down?

The China NGO Project is not aware of any groups who have been explicitly denied registration by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) or by a provincial Public Security Bureau (PSB). Similarly, we are not aware of any groups who have had their...
05.20.19

New Analysis on Foreign NGOs and Hong Kong’s Extradition Law

Will proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition law have any effect on the international non-profit community working there? Are NGO employees working on issues considered “sensitive” in mainland China at risk of extradition? The answer may well be...
05.20.19

Guangdong and Guangxi PSBs Meet with Foreign NGO Representatives

The PSB stated that with the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, and the announcement of the “Guangdong-Macau Greater Bay Area Development Plan Outline,” exchange and cooperation between Macau and Guangdong, including foreign NGO...
05.17.19

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 registrations of multiple foreign NGO representative offices show that groups registered at the provincial level can indeed work...
05.17.19

Our Group Works in Multiple Areas, How Do We Find an Official Sponsor?

Per information provided at a meeting between Ministry of Public Security (MPS) representatives and foreign diplomats in 2016, a foreign NGO that works in multiple sectors (for example, environment and education) should identify the “main” sector of...
05.15.19

Another ‘Human Rights’-Related Activity Filed in Beijing

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) recently filed a temporary activity titled “Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Research Project, and Gender and Human Rights Teachers’ Program.” This marks the fourth...
05.15.19

Public Security Bureaus Meet with NGOs in Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Jiangxi

Recently, the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office issued a registration certificate for Green-Net’s (Japan) representative office in Inner Mongolia. Green-Net’s chief representative introduced...
05.13.19

Combatting Desertification in Inner Mongolia, Talking with the Federation of Trade Unions in Xinjiang

Opening ceremonies for the “2019 International Youth Prevention of Desertification Project” took place in Dalad banner in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region’s Erdos city. The event was co-sponsored by the Korean-Chinese Culture Youth Association (...
05.01.19

How Many Foreign NGOs Have Registered Offices in China and Where Are They?

A list of successfully registered NGOs is available here (in Chinese) on the Ministry of Public Security’s main NGO website. The China NGO Project also maintains a map with information about approved NGOs, including their location of registration,...
04.30.19

New Analysis: Are Social Enterprises Charities?

Using the example of “mutual aid health communities” in China, contributor Caitlin Schultz digs into the questions surrounding entities known as “social enterprises”—hybrid organizations that do not fit neatly into either for-profit or non-profit...
04.30.19

Business, Charity, or Something Else?

Caitlin E. Schultz
Around the world, the concept of “social enterprise” has blurred the line between doing business and doing good. Social enterprise seeks to combine traditional for-profit business practices with products or services that primarily aim to benefit the...
04.30.19

Professional Supervisory Unit List Updated for 2019

On April 29, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) published an updated list of approved Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) and fields of activity for foreign NGOs working in China. This is the MPS’ first formal update to the original PSU list,...
04.19.19

People’s Daily Details Cases of Foreign NGOs ‘Endangering Political Security’

The People’s Republic of China’s (P.R.C.’s) most authoritative media outlet, The People’s Daily, published an article on April 19 describing two foreign NGOs as having posed threats to “political security” in recent years. The article, entitled “...
04.18.19

North Korean Group Establishes Second Representative Office

According to information available on the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) website, the North Korea International Trade Promotion Council successfully registered a representative office in Dalian city, Liaoning province on April 11. This is the...
04.18.19

Guangzhou Encourages Citizens to Report Illegal Religious Activities, Including Foreign NGO Law Violations

The Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs released its “Method for Rewarding the Masses for Reporting Illegal Religious Activities,” which details how city officials can reward Guangzhou residents for reporting illegal religious...
04.15.19

Chinese Partner Unit Thanks Guizhou Public Security, NGO Helps with Mental Health Training in Heilongjiang, Schools in Hubei Get a Visit from NGO Management Office

Recently, the Qianxinan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture Small Group Office for Helping Develop Border Areas presented a banner to the Guizhou Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office, expressing their gratitude for the office’s...
04.11.19

Shanghai Talks Foreign NGO Inspections, Jiangsu Discusses Health-Related Work

March 20, 2019:The Tianjin Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office recently held an informal discussion at the Japan Kobe International Cooperation and Exchange Center in Tianjin to address the promotion of friendly exchange...
04.10.19

Recent Increase in Religion-Related Temporary Activities

Data from China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) shows a recent uptick in the number of religion-related temporary activities organized by foreign NGOs that have received government approval. The Hong Kong-based CWM/Nethersole Fund (世界传到会/那打素基金)...
03.19.19

Digitization in Fujian, Greater Bay Outreach in Guangdong, and a Symposium in Gansu

The Fujian Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office, along with the Fujian Digital Department, has sped up the groundwork for establishing a “Digital Fujian.” This process of digitization includes the transition to digital...
03.19.19

Foreign NGO Law Causes Drop in U.S. Adoptions, According to State Department

According to the State Department’s Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, the Foreign NGO Law has significantly decreased the number of children U.S. citizens have been able to adopt from China. In a March 14 briefing addressing the Department’s...
03.14.19

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.
02.20.19

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,...
02.19.19

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...
02.12.19

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...
02.01.19

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...
01.25.19

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...
01.22.19

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...
01.03.19

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...
01.03.19

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...
12.28.18

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.
12.26.18

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...
12.20.18

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...
12.12.18

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...
12.04.18

‘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,...
11.30.18

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,...