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Wang Zhenyao raised some interesting points in a pre-censored interview with Caixin that are relevant for NGOs working in China. One of Wang’s main insights in the interview was that public discourse about civil society organizations contributed to the 2016 Charity Law that regulates domestic NGOs. Wang also pointed out major shortcomings in China’s civil society management.Read more
Today, two Japanese NGOs involved in desert greening in Inner Mongolia became legally registered. In an official ceremony, the Inner Mongolia Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office presented the representative offices of the Ethics Research Institute and the Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) their certificates of registration. The director of the Inner Mongolia PSB Foreign NGO Management office and the director of the Inner Mongolia Forestry Administration were both present.Read more
The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources is “seek[ing] clarification” regarding the advocacy activities of U.S.-based non-profit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In a June 5 letter to the NRDC president, the chairmen of the Committee and of its Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations contend that NRDC’s relationship with the Chinese government might mean that it is acting on behalf of a “foreign principal” in the United States and request information to...Read more
One common question we hear at The China NGO Project is, “Okay, so China has different registration requirements for foreign and domestic NGOs . . . but how is that different from how [insert country name here] regulates them?” Using the Hong Kong and the United States as points of comparison, contributors Vincent Chong and Anita Venanzi take on the question of what makes China’s NGO regulatory structure so different from those in place elsewhere.Read more
The following interactive graphics display information about currently-registered foreign NGOs’ representative offices in China as provided by the Ministry of Public Security website. The interactive map shows the approximate location of foreign NGOs’ representative offices in China. The filterable table provides the same information in a searchable text format.Read more