Keyword: China in the World

China notifies the WTO that it won’t import any more waste

China officially notified the WTO on July 18th that by the end of the year it will enact a ban on the import of certain kinds of waste. As the text of China’s WTO filing reads, “China will forbid the import of 4 classes, 24 kinds of solid wastes, including plastics waste from living sources, vanadium slag, unsorted waste paper and waste textile materials. (…) To protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health, we urgently adjust the imported solid wastes list, and forbid the import of solid wastes that are highly polluted.” China is a major importer of waste, accounting for 56% of world imports last year. Apart from Hong Kong, Japan and …read more

Jack Ma foundation hosts its first forum for rural headmasters in Hangzhou

A year ago Jack Ma’s Foundation announced its “Jack Ma Rural Headmasters” plan, which aims to identify and support extraordinary headmasters in rural areas of China. Unlike its previous rural teachers program, where the teachers were nominated by the foundation itself, the rural headmasters are instead recommended by front-line educational NGOs in China. Each NGO recommended one or two headmasters, after which the Foundation verified the identities of the candidates and a group of experts picked out the final 20 delegates out of 5000 applicants. The selected 20 headmasters were invited to attend the first forum on rural headmasters, which was held in Hangzhou on July 12 and 13. They …read more

British man starts soup kitchen for the homeless in Xi’an

An English businessman named Tony who started a charity in Xi’an has been the focus of various reports in the Chinese media throughout the years. He recently gave a talk about himself and his Yellow River Soup Kitchen organization on YiXi (China’s equivalent of TED talks) on July 3rd, which brought him renewed attention. Tony’s story, as he himself relates it, goes like this: an electronic engineer by profession, he used to own two companies in the UK, and worked 16 to 18 hours a day. At some point he decided to give up his stressful life, sell what he owned and travel around Europe, volunteering as he traveled. He then …read more

You Zhonghui first Chinese woman to sign the

You Zhonghui first Chinese woman to sign the “Giving Pledge”

Chinese entrepreneur You Zhonghui signed the “Giving Pledge” on May 30. The Giving Pledge is an initiative set up by the Gates couple and Warren Buffett in 2010, whose signatories promise to donate more than half of their wealth to charity. You is the first woman from Mainland China to sign the pledge. You Zhonghui and Bill Gates  It appears that the decision was not taken on a whim, but after long consideration. Those familiar with You Zhonghui would not be surprised by her choice. You has long been active in the philanthropic field. As an entrepreneur, she is well known for promoting the informatization of education in China, and promoting the …read more

Chinese man wins lawsuit over forced gay conversion therapy

A man in Hunan province has recently won a legal battle against a psychiatric hospital for the forced gay conversion therapy it performed on him. The man, surnamed Yu, was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Zhumadian by his wife and relatives in 2015, after his wife discovered he was gay. The hospital took Yu in and diagnosed him with “sexual preference disorder” without running through an examination. Yu was forced to take medicine and receive injections for 19 days before his friends and LGBT activists helped him to get out. Six months later Yu decided to sue the psychiatric hospital, and the case was filed on June 13th, …read more

Chinese mountain bikes donated to Nepal

Chinese mountain bikes donated to Nepal

The donation ceremony for the “Foshan Bike-Travel Assistance Program for Nepalese Mountain Residents” (佛国单车——尼泊尔山地居民出行援助计划) was held on the first of July in Kathmandu. The program consists of donating over 30.000 Chinese mountain bikes to Nepalese people residing in mountain areas. The program was initiated by the Beijing Ci Ai Charity Foundation (CACF), with the hope of alleviating the inconvenience of getting around in Nepal’s mountainous areas. According to Wang Xuan, the secretary-general of CACF, the first batch will consist of 300 bikes, the second batch of 1000 bikes, and over the next two years the foundation will strive to achieve the goal of donating 30,000 bikes. “China has always been Nepal’s best neighbor. The bikes brought …read more

A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law

A Statistical Analysis of the Implementation of the ONGO Law

This article provides an insightful analysis on the registration of overseas NGOs in China since the new law was passed, accompanied with numerous graphs and statistics.

Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicks off again, amid controversy within the animal rights movement

Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicks off again, amid controversy within the animal rights movement

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicked off yesterday for the ninth time, amid widespread criticism from Chinese animal-rights activists and the international community. Yulin residents have eaten dog meat and lychees on the summer solstice for generations, but the festival was only established in 2009, probably as a way to boost trade and tourism. photo credit to Shanghaiist  During the week-long festival both dog eaters and activists will certainly be spotted in Yulin, as the local residents will slaughter and consume about 10,000 dogs, many of which will have been sent to the slaughterhouse before the festival begins. Although two US organizations claimed around a month ago that Yulin had instituted …read more

The Comprehensive List of Overseas NGOs Registered in China

The Comprehensive List of Overseas NGOs Registered in China

The complete list of overseas NGOs that have succeeded in registering a representative office in China since the Overseas NGO Law came out.

Workshop on the Overseas NGO Law held in Ningbo

Workshop on the Overseas NGO Law held in Ningbo

A workshop on the Overseas NGO Law was held by the Amity Foundation on May 25 in Ningbo, with the purpose of studying the law and discussing the way forward for exchange and cooperation with international civil society under its framework. Over 70 people attended the workshop, including representatives from both overseas and Chinese NGOs, academic institutions and government departments.   The opening speech was delivered by Li Guohua, the Deputy Head of the Provincial Department of the United Front Work and Director of the Bureau of Religious Affairs of Jiangsu Province. During his speech, he spoke highly about the positive role played by overseas NGOs during China’s 40 years of …read more

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.