Keyword: Governance

National Tax Bureau releases announcement on tax registration for overseas NGOs

The Central Office of China’s National Tax Bureau recently published an announcement informing overseas NGOs about how to pay their taxes. Below is CDB’s translation.    The National Tax Bureau Central Office’s announcement regarding Overseas NGO Representative Offices’ Tax Bureaus registering work-related conduct   (To) every province, autonomous region, provincial level city, and cities specifically designated in the state plan’s National Tax Bureau and Regional Tax Bureaus: In order to further fulfil the “PRC’s Overseas NGO Domestic Activities Management Law,” overseas NGOs that rely on registration credentials shall conduct tax registration as required by the law. The current notification to overseas NGO offices regarding tax processing registration is as follows: …read more

What were the New Patterns and Visions for Chinese Charity in 2016?

What were the New Patterns and Visions for Chinese Charity in 2016?

Our translation of the speech by Wang Xingzui, Executive Vice-President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, at a forum for charitable foundations in Shanghai.

First six overseas NGOs successfully register in Shanghai

First six overseas NGOs successfully register in Shanghai

The first six overseas NGOs have received registration certificates for their Shanghai representative offices, and the Shanghai Public Security Bureau held a certificate-awarding ceremony on Tuesday. The six NGOs in question are the Shanghai offices of Project HOPE, the Hong Kong Yin Shin Leung Charitable Foundation Ltd, the US-China Business Council, the Canada-China Business Council, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Confederation of Indian Industry. A list of the six overseas NGO Photo credit to Kankanews of Shanghai Media Group. Zhengjin, a representative of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, the professional supervisory unit of the Project HOPE Shanghai Representative Offices, …read more

Zhu Jiangang: community foundations are the promoters of a community agenda

Zhu Jiangang: community foundations are the promoters of a community agenda

In this translated interview Zhu Jiangang, the general secretary and vice-president of the Guangdong Harmony Foundation, discusses the development of community foundations in China.

Beijing Overseas NGO Supervisory Unit List

Beijing Overseas NGO Supervisory Unit List

The Beijing Public Security Bureau has just released the list of supervisory units for overseas NGOs based in Beijing. The list contains the addresses, phone numbers and websites of the supervisory units in all different fields. Here is CDB’s English translation.

Five public interest litigation precedents published by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate

Five public interest litigation precedents published by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate

Public interest litigation initiated by procuratorates has become a new frontier for procuratorates to exercise their judicial supervision authority, and this issue has received heightened attention from all sections of society. After one and a half years’ piloting, on January 4 the Supreme Procuratorate published five public interest litigation guiding precedents. Exploring the establishment of a public interest litigation system by the procuratorates was proposed during the fourth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. On July 1 2015, a resolution was passed by the 15th session of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People’s Congress that authorized the Supreme Procuratorate to spearhead a two-year program piloting public interest litigation in the …read more

China’s first environmental protection tax law expected to take effect in 2018

The PRC Environmental Protection Tax Law was passed during the 25th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on December 25, and will come into effect on January 1, 2018. The environmental protection tax law is the first single category tax law passed by the NPC’s Standing Committee. It is also China’s first “green tax law”, with the expressed purpose of promoting environmental protection. The Law contains five chapters and 28 articles, including general provisions, taxation basis and payable tax rates, tax relief, taxation management and supplementary provisions. The general concept of the tax law is to shift from “fees” towards “taxes”, that is to turn the system of …read more

The “Charity Law” and the Recognition of Charitable Organizations

The “Charity Law” and the Recognition of Charitable Organizations

Since being officially implemented in September, China’s new Charity Law has had a great impact on the philanthropic sector. This article from the China Philanthropy Times describes some of the difficulties that have beset the law’s implementation over the last few months, particularly in the area of the official recognition of charity organisations.

The Ministry of Public Security provides clarifications on the Overseas NGO Law

The Ministry of Public Security provides clarifications on the Overseas NGO Law

A briefing was held by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau in Shanghai last Tuesday (November 8th), in order to inform various consulate generals of the preparatory work for the implementation of the PRC’s law on the Management of the Activities of Overseas NGOs within Mainland China. Some outstanding issues were addressed during the briefing, including whether there can be a “transitional period” or a “period of grace” after the law is implemented, if overseas NGOs can conduct activities in different regions and how to determine the competent agency when an overseas NGO works in different fields. Regarding the question of whether there …read more

A Philanthropic Society: China's Future

A Philanthropic Society: China’s Future

Renowned Chinese academic Li Xiaoyun reflects upon the impressive popularity and reach of charities in American society, and considers what China could learn from the United States as it tries to become a philanthropic society.

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Last Tuesday a chain of restaurants that refused to hire a female cook was found guilty of gender discrimination, fined 2000 Yuan for “spiritual damages” and required to issue a written apology. Gao Xiao (a pseudonym) was rejected when applying for a job as a trainee cook at a seafood restaurant in Guangzhou, on account of being a woman. The young woman then sued the Guangdong Huishijia Economic Development Company, which owns the restaurant, for gender discrimination in August last year. In June last year Gao Xiao saw the advertisement for a trainee cook on a job-hunting website and thought she would be eligible for it, being qualified as a senior cook of …read more

China’s first ever public interest administrative litigation takes place

Half a year after the People’s Procuratorate of Qingyun county, Shandong province, decided to take legal action against the local Environmental Protection Bureau, the local court has pronounced the defendant guilty in the first instance judgment. The lawsuit has drawn much attention because it is the first ever public interest administrative litigation to take place since the start of a pilot program in which the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress empowered procuratorates to carry out such litigations. In October 2014, a chemical company named Qingshun was reported by local residents. The procuratorate then found out that the company had illegally produced 120,000 tons of dyestuff (mainly Amino-C Acids) per year …read more

The Ministry of Civil Affairs explains the Charity Law’s implementation

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) held a press conference on the 7th of September, explaining how the Charity Law has been implemented since it passed into effect at the beginning of the month. Information on public offerings can only be published on designated channels It was clarified that the online platforms appointed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) are the only channels through which information on public offerings can be released. Other unlicensed platforms publishing this kind information will be sanctioned. In order to put this regulation into practice the Social Organisations Administration, a bureau subordinated to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, conducted research on access standards for online …read more

The Charity Law brings transparency to the forefront

With China’s first ever charity law coming into effect this month, the issue of transparency in the charity sector has taken the limelight. The charity law prescribes that charitable organisations are supposed to disclose their accounts and fundraising information on specified platforms, so as to ensure more clearness and transparency. In a recent survey carried out in Shenzhen on the factors impacting people’s participation in charity, 61% of respondents claimed that it is the low transparency levels in fund management that keeps them from donating. 60% of respondents also claimed that disclosing every detail of how the funds are used timely is the key point, and it is necessary to …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs: individual requests for aid do not constitute public offerings

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) organized a press conference on September 8th to clarify that cases of people soliciting for help on an individual basis are not covered by the regulations of the Charity Law. Media outlets that publish private requests for aid should also provide an alert on the risks involved for the public. Qing An, a representative of the MCA, explained that the issue of individual solicitations for help proved to be controversial during the process of drawing up the Charity Law, and it was eventually decided not to include it within the scope of the Law. The Charity Law only stipulates that individuals are allowed to …read more

China to reform regulations on social organisations

On August 21, the General Office of the Communist Party of China (GOCPC) and the General Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (GOSCPRC) jointly issued a document entitled ‘Opinions on the Reform of the Regulations on Social Organisation to Promote a Sound and Orderly Development”. The document, which will act as a de facto guideline, reaffirms the role of social organisations in social development, and requires a series of reforms. It stresses their strategic importance and urgency, as the “sound and orderly development of social organisations” helps improve the socialist market economy, consolidate the CPC’s governing foundation, promote public services and stimulate social vitality. The document …read more

Doing Charity in China's Poshest Neighbourhood

Doing Charity in China’s Poshest Neighbourhood

What is it like to conduct charity work in China’s most fancy and cosmopolitan neighbourhood? This article reviews the development of community organizations in Beijing’s Sanlitun sub-district.

Committee of 100 Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium held in Beijing

The Committee of 100 Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium was held in Beijing on the 8th of July 2016. The Committee of 100 is a membership organization of prominent Chinese Americans dedicated to serving as a bridge between the cultures and systems of China and America. One of its dual missions is to promote constructive dialogue and relationships between the peoples and leaders of the United States and Greater China. This year’s symposium in Beijing was commissioned by the United Nation Secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, so that it can help launch the United Nations Global Charity Program in China. Over 100 guests attended the Symposium, including the Former British Prime Minister Gordon …read more