Hong Kong legislators are currently engaged in a fierce struggle over the proposed passing of a bill that would expand Hong Kong's policy to allow for extradition, on a case-by-case basis, to countries with which the territory does not have formal agreements. One such country is China. Since the 1997 handover, Hong Kong’s extradition law has explicitly excluded the possibility of extradition to mainland China, but the amendments currently being debated would change that.Read more

Business, Charity, or Something Else?

How Do Social Enterprise Models Fit into Legal and Social Conceptions of ‘Charity’ in China?
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 public. In many countries, these social enterprise organizations occupy a legal gray area, not fitting neatly into binary non-profit or for-profit regulatory categories. In China, given the Chinese Communist Party’s increasingly tight controls over all aspects of society,...Read more
One key question many foreign NGOs continue to ask is whether they will be able to reliably use temporary activities to carry out multi-year or other types of long-term programs or grants in China. The China NGO Project has found that around 90 activities appear to have been “renewed” through a second temporary activity filing.Read more
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 became more regularized, for better or worse. Looking back to compare registration and filing data for the first two years of implementation, it is clear that the biggest difference between...Read more
Since mid-2017, The China NGO Project has mapped the location of registered foreign NGO representative offices in China (as listed on the Ministry of Public Security website). Not surprisingly, the majority of offices are located in either Beijing or Shanghai. These maps, however, only show the provinces where each office is located—they do not show where each office is permitted to operate, which can (but does not have to) extend beyond the province of registration...Read more