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 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
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
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
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
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
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 “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
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.
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?
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.