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July 5, 2022

Visually Understanding the Data on Foreign NGO Representative Offices and Temporary Activities

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/regions of origin, province and date of registration, fields of work, and number of representative offices per organization. For foreign NGO temporary activities, we looked at organizations’ countries/regions of origin, locations of activity, fields of work, and lengths of activities. Only temporary activities whose start date was on or before June 30, 2022 are included here; the activities may extend beyond June, but we did not include any activities whose start date was July 1 or later.

The representative offices and temporary activities included are based on the lists released by the Ministry of Public Security on their website. We have used English names of offices, activities, and organizations where available, and The China NGO Project has translated those for which we were not able to find English names or translations.

These visualizations are based on data available as of July 1, 2022.

Total Number of Representative Offices, January 2017-June 2022: 611
Total Number of Temporary Activity Filings, January 2017-June 2022: 4,257

(Please see our complete, updated lists for up-to-date tallies of Representative Offices and Temporary Activity Filings.)

Correction: A previous version of the graph “Lengths of Temporary Activities Lasting Less than One Month,” with data for January-June and January-July, calculated the number of days of Temporary Activities with one fewer day than the Activities actually occurred. The current version of this graph reflects the correct number of days of these Temporary Activities.

Correction: The China NGO Project neglected to include two Representative Offices registered in November 2020 in our previous reporting and analysis. The Global Alliance of SMEs (美国全球中小企业联盟) is listed as registered on November 23, 2020, and the International Psychoanalytical Association (国际精神分析协会) is listed as registered on November 26, 2020. These two additional Representative Offices are out of a total of 50 offices that registered in 2020 (and that remain registered as of June 8, 2022), and out of a total of 608 offices that are registered as of June 8, 2022.

ChinaFile staff provided research for this article.

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Jessica Batke is a ChinaFile Senior Editor. She researches China’s domestic political and social affairs, and served as the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research Analyst for nearly...