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Today, Shanxi held a meeting for foreign NGO Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs). Representatives from each of the province’s 42 PSUs participated. (Note: This likely refers to eligible PSUs, as Shanxi had registered no representative offices as of December 22.) At the meeting, 11 articles of the Foreign NGO Law were explained and PSUs’ responsibilities clarified. PSUs were requested to familiarize themselves with the representative office registration and temporary activity filing processes and to be in...Read more
In response to reader feedback, we’ve made two big changes this week to our tables that contain translated Ministry of Public Security information on representative offices and temporary activities: First, we’ve enabled a filter/search function on the tables that allows users to search in multiple columns simultaneously. Second, we’ve added additional information to the temporary activities table related to Chinese Partner Units (CPUs).Read more
We’ve just posted the latest information about all the foreign NGO temporary activities and representative office registrations that took place as of January 31, 2018. Of note, registrations of representative offices were down somewhat in January—not since March 2017 have fewer offices been registered in a given month. This could be tied to a number of potential factors: foreign NGO staff on holiday in December and January, fewer foreign NGOs actively working to establish an...Read more

NGOs at a Crossroads

A Q&A with Li Dan, Founder of the Crossroads Centre
“Whether or not these two laws existed hasn’t had much effect on us because we had already felt the impact of the political environment. They just help the government to, as they say, ‘strengthen the rule of law.’ But really the laws are just for the sake of appearances. The government would still be doing the same things without them. Three or four years ago, the government started registering and controlling NGOs. If you had...Read more

Yes, It Really Does Take That Many Stamps

Two Individuals’ Experiences Preparing Foreign NGO-Related Documentation for Submission
Any Foreign NGO wishing to establish a representative office or file for a temporary activity in China must compile a number of documents to be reviewed by public security authorities. That is the easy part. Because China has not ratified the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the “Apostille Convention”), it does not recognize documents notarized in most places outside mainland China. This means that an NGO must go through...Read more