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April 13, 2018

First Foreign NGO De-registers in China

According to information on the Ministry of Public Security website, the Li Ka Shing Foundation (Hong Kong) de-registered its representative office in China, as of February 28, 2017. This is the first (and only) known organization to de-register under the Foreign NGO Law.

The Li Ka Shing Foundation (李嘉诚基金会) was originally registered under the Foreign NGO Law on January 23, 2017, as one of a select group of non-profits that had official status in China under the old legal regime and whose registration was effectively rolled over under the new law. Until de-registering, it was permitted to operate throughout mainland China on issues related to arts and culture, disaster relief, education, health, and poverty alleviation. The Ministry of Civil Affairs served as its Professional Supervisory Unit.

In a recent article, The New York Times noted that Li Ka Shing himself is planning to retire as the head of his business empire and focus more on the Li Ka Shing Foundation. The Foundation did not respond to requests for comment.

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