Keyword: China in the World

A roundup on the registration of overseas NGOs in China

Since the new Overseas NGO Law was implemented in January, and perhaps since the law’s final version was released last April, the big question for most international NGOs working in China has been “will we be able to register”? The new law stipulates that every overseas NGO needs to first find a “supervisory unit” within the government, and then register with the Public Security Bureau. Many non-profits were not at all certain of how long the process would take, or whether it would end successfully. Shanghai and Beijing were unsurprisingly the first places to start issuing registration credentials to foreign NGOs, starting in January. Then over the following months other provinces started …read more

Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar

Chinese charity project offers free surgeries in Myanmar

  On May 20, a project linked to China’s One Belt and One Road initiative began offering surgery to impoverished cataracts patients in Myanmar’s ex-capital and largest city, Yangon. With plans to offer the cataract surgery to some 200 patients, the initiative is part of a program called “Overseas Chinese love is bright”. The activity is jointly sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, the Yunnan Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and the Aier Eye Hospital. Doctor’s from the Hospital, which is located in Kunming, arrived on May 19 and immediately began work performing surgery on more than 40 patients. On the morning of May 20, an official …read more

News of ban on dog meat at notorious Yulin festival may be unreliable

News of ban on dog meat at notorious Yulin festival may be unreliable

Dogs are reportedly kept and slaughtered in inhumane conditions before the festival. The controversial Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival takes place every June in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi, but animal rights organizations have claimed that this year’s activities may not go as planned. The week-long festival will begin this year on June 21, but Humane Society International and Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project have recently announced that city officials are finally taking steps to stop the inhumane treatment of dogs in conjunction with the festival. Yulin residents have eaten dog meat and lychee on the summer solstice for generations, but it was not until 2010 that the …read more

Chinese volunteer organization spearheads anti-poaching efforts in Africa

Chinese volunteer organization spearheads anti-poaching efforts in Africa

Universal Tactical Association volunteers at their training center in Beijing.  On May 15, the Universal Tactical Association (UTA) held a farewell meeting for their Africa Anti-poaching Voluntary Action Committee at a training center in Beijing. During the meeting, the founder of the committee made a presentation introducing the program and the work that the anti-poaching group hopes to achieve while in Africa. Comprised of six men and two women, the group of eight volunteers will perform fieldwork across the 2000 square kilometers of Zimbabwe’s National Park over the course of two months, using small surveillance aircrafts, ATVs and rafts to engage in patrolling activities throughout the park. They hope to …read more

African officials learn about Chinese civil society in Fuzhou

On May 14, more than 30 government officials from 11 francophone African countries convened at a charity forum in Fuzhou to discuss public welfare experiences and techniques. The forum was held by a Fujian student aid charity association (福建省简单助学公益协会), a non-profit organization established in 2003 that works towards poverty alleviation and education. As of May 9, the organization has donated more than 18 million Yuan and spent more than 10,000 hours working to help more than 3,000 children. The association’s executive chairman Zheng Bin humbly told reporters that since opening fifteen years ago, the association has merely used grassroots methods and mobilized ordinary people to help children in need. Among …read more

First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative

First aid center opened in Pakistan under the One Belt and One Road initiative

Aerial view of Gwadar, with the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center in the foreground.  On May 7, the China-Pakistan Humanitarian Medical Emergency Center opened in the southern Pakistani port city of Gwadar after receiving construction aid from the Red Cross Society of China. Gwadar is located at the southern end of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a component of China’s much-publicised “One Belt and One Road” initiative. The economic corridor is an ambitious plan to link Western China with the Arabian Sea via massive infrastructure projects and special economic zones through Pakistan. The China-Pakistan First Aid Corridor is a subset of the project, aiming to provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance …read more

Overseas NGOs attend

Overseas NGOs attend “One Belt and One Road” forum

On May 10, representatives from 11 overseas NGOs were invited by the Public Security Bureau to attend a forum in Beijing on the “One Belt and One Road”, the international development framework proposed by the Chinese government that includes the land-based “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “Maritime Silk Road”. The invited NGOs included the World Economic Forum, the US-China Business Council, the American Energy Foundation, the World-Wide Fund for Nature and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. In addition, the foreign relations and commerce departments of Tsinghua University and Peking University were present at the forum. During the forum various organizations expressed an interest in the …read more

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

Chinese NGOs need to play a greater role in global governance: a Q&A with Wang Xingzui

The Executive Vice President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, a pioneer among Chinese NGOs for its work in Africa, speaks with CDB about the motivations, challenges and prospects for the globalization of China’s NGOs.

China’s NGOs Go Global: True Stories from a Program Director

China’s NGOs Go Global: True Stories from a Program Director

There is an increasing number of Chinese NGOs that have become active overseas. What challenges do they face when operating abroad? The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation’s program director recounts some of his experiences and cultural misunderstandings from when he worked in Sudan.

China to host Asia’s largest social work conference

China to host Asia’s largest social work conference

On April 20, the “The Preparation Meeting for the 24th Asia-Pacific Joint Regional Social Work Conference ” was convened in Shenzhen. The Conference is to be held on September 26-29, 2017 which will mark the first time that the International Federation of Social Workers of Asia-Pacific (IFSW Asia-Pacific) chose China to host the event. The president of China Association of Social Workers Gong Puguang spoke at the preparation meeting along with Jin Li, the deputy secretary general of the association. The conference was attended by the director of Shenzhen’s Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, Liao Yuanfei and many other leaders from Shenzhen area. At the third session of the Conference in 2015, China expressed interest in holding …read more

The Chinese Design of the Charity Law

The Chinese Design of the Charity Law

In the midst of the abounding commentary on China’s first legislation on charity, British researcher Holly Snape offers a unique perspective on the “Chinese characteristics” embodied in the design of the Charity Law.

Defining Chinese “Charity” - Comparative Perspectives and Suggestions

Defining Chinese “Charity” - Comparative Perspectives and Suggestions

Through the lens of comparative law, this article discusses how the Chinese definition of charity compares to the British and American definitions; and what lessons Chinese regulators can adopt from both countries in promoting the implementation of the newly enacted Charity Law.

A Shared Future: the Chinese Volunteers Helping Syrian Refugees

A Shared Future: the Chinese Volunteers Helping Syrian Refugees

The story of two Peking University students who went to Gaziantep, a Turkish city near the border with Syria, as volunteers to assist the numerous Syrian refugees there.

Shanghai issues registration certificates to eight more overseas NGOs

Shanghai issues registration certificates to eight more overseas NGOs

On January 17th 2017, the Administrative Office of Overseas NGOs of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau issued registration certificates to the first six representative offices of overseas NGOs in Shanghai. Now a second batch of overseas NGOs, larger and active in more different fields, have officially acquired their certificates on April 1st. This time a total of eight overseas NGOs were able to register their representative offices in Shanghai, including the US Cotton Council International, the US International Trademark Association, the US International Copper Association, the Spanish Association for the Investigation of Industrial Textile, the US Soybean Export Council, the US Poultry & Egg Export Council, the US Meat Export Federation …read more

International NGOs in China: Which Path to Follow?

International NGOs in China: Which Path to Follow?

Registering with the authorities remains a challenge for many international NGOs working in China. This article from the Chinese media discusses some of the problems involved and offers some concrete policy suggestions to solve the impasse.

Conference spurs discussion on Chinese foreign aid

On March 25, the “Beijing Cultural Review” and Nandu Watch jointly sponsored a convention on the history of China’s experience with foreign aid relief. Both professor Li Xiaoyun from China Agricultural University and Wang Xingzui, the executive vice president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, shared their opinions and experiences concerning foreign aid with the audience. Talking about the philosophical and theoretical differences between China and the western countries, Li Xiaoyun claimed that “foreign aid in western nations is the result of competitive politics”. He added that people in the West are afflicted with an urge to save those in other nations, whereas China views the welfare of another society …read more

First 20 overseas NGOs successfully register in Beijing

The representative offices of 20 overseas NGOs received their registration certificates in the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on January 23. They are the first overseas NGOs to register in the city since the Overseas NGO Law came into effect. Officials from China’s central committees and foreign embassies attended the ceremony. The 20 NGOs, which include the World Economic Forum, the Paulson Institute and Save the Children International, are mainly involved in the economy, environmental protection, health and poverty relief. They were mostly set up in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Hao Yunhong, head of the overseas NGOs administration office, said that …read more

Ministry of Public Security official explains Overseas NGOs Management Law in Beijing

Ministry of Public Security official explains Overseas NGOs Management Law in Beijing

  The “PRC Law on the Management of Activities of Overseas NGOs in Mainland China“ (Overseas NGOs Management Law) has now been in force for two weeks. Even though the Ministry of Public Security and municipal public security organs have issued guidances and other documents to facilitate the registration process, at this point many overseas NGOs still harbour more questions than answers. Against this backdrop, the China Charity Alliance invited an official from the Ministry of Public Security to conduct training on the Overseas NGOs Management Law. Once the training notice was publicized, it attracted much response: originally set to host 30 participants, the China Charity Alliance received over 300 …read more