Keyword: Government Relations

Xinjiang announces plan to use renewable energy for heating

According to a report by the National Development and Reform Commission (发改委) of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on August 31st, Xinjiang has completed its “Renewable energy clean heating program 2017-2021”. According to the plan, by 2021 heating from “surplus” renewable energy sources will cover around 38 million square meters across the whole of Xinjiang, and 1.17 million tons of standard coal will be saved by the use of this kind of heating. At present, Xinjiang provides heating to areas totalling around 675 million square meters, including 235 million square meters equipped with gas-fired boiler heating, 80 million square meters with heat and power combination heating, 177 million square meters with …read more

National charity information platform launched, aims to promote public trust

National charity information platform launched, aims to promote public trust

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has launched a National Charity Information Platform (全国慈善信息公开平台), with the aim of making it easier for the public to find information about charitable organizations and supervise their activities. The opening ceremony was held on September the 4th. The launching of this platform is a response to last year’s Charity Law, which requires that charitable organizations be transparent with their information. By 8 AM on September 4th, the platform had released information regarding 2,134 charitable organizations and 38 charitable trust filings. Out of these organizations, 517 have qualifications for public fundraising; they released information about 837 public fundraising activities and 1,595 charity projects through the platform. During the opening …read more

Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation

Our Registration Story: the Ford Foundation

An interview with Elizabeth Knupp, the Ford Foundation’s chief representative in China, about the Ford Foundation’s experience registering in China under the Overseas NGO Law and its future plans in the country.

Oxfam receives its registration credentials in Gansu and Guangdong

Oxfam receives its registration credentials in Gansu and Guangdong

Yesterday Oxfam’s office in Gansu province received its registration credentials from the provincial Public Security Bureau (PSB), following the successful registration of Oxfam’s office in Guangdong on the 2nd of June. The professional supervisory unit (PSU) responsible for Oxfam’s office in Gansu is the Department of Education of Gansu Province, and the office’s work mainly focuses on education, poverty alleviation and disaster relief and recovery. When it comes to the Guangdong office, its PSU is the Department of Civil Affairs of Guangdong Province. Through cooperation with organizations at all levels, Oxfam’s office in Guangdong implements programs including community development for disadvantaged groups, policy advocacy, capacity building for charitable organizations and …read more

Heilongjiang and Tibet issue registration credentials to two overseas NGOs

Heilongjiang and Tibet issue registration credentials to two overseas NGOs

The first overseas NGOs have been awarded their registration credentials in Heilongjiang and Tibet. The two NGOs that registered are the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization (Japan) in Heilongjiang and the Nima Association (Germany) in Tibet. The ceremonies to mark the registration were held on the 13th of June. In Heilongjiang the head of the local PSB congratulated the Yamagata International Economic Development Support Organization as the first registered overseas NGO in China’s northernmost province, and expressed their wish that it can continue to act as a bridge between Heilongjiang and Yamagata. The chief representative of the NGO expressed its appreciation for the warm services of the PSB, and stated …read more

CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations

CPAFFC appointed government supervisory unit for German foundations

Mr. Li Xikui, Secretary General of CPAFFC. A good option may have presented itself for all the foreign NGOs in China that are still looking for a government supervisory unit in order to register, as required by the Overseas NGO Law. A few days ago it was announced that the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) would act as the government supervisory unit for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, three out of the four German political party foundations that registered in Beijing as overseas NGOs this week. CPAFFC was founded in 1954 as a nation-wide entity specializing in foreign …read more

The Nature Conservancy latest overseas NGO to successfully register

The Nature Conservancy latest overseas NGO to successfully register

Representatives from The Nature Conservancy and Beijing’s Public Security Bureau.  The Nature Conservancy (TNC) received its registration credentials from the Beijing Public Security Bureau on May 24th, becoming the latest international NGO to be able to register in China since the Overseas NGO Law was passed in January. Established in the US in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is now the world’s largest non-profit environmental protection organization. Currently operating in more than 60 nations around the globe, TNC overseas 500,000 square kilometers of protected nature reserves, 8,000 kilometers of rivers and more than 100 marine habitat zones. In addition, TNC engages in various projects around the world, including those involving biodiversity, …read more

Four German political foundations register in Beijing as overseas NGOs

Four German political foundations register in Beijing as overseas NGOs

Representatives from German political foundations displaying their registration credentials. This week, Beijing’s Public Security Bureau awarded registration credentials to four German political foundations: the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Party political foundations are an institution specific to Germany. Subsidized by the German government, there are six party political foundations in Germany, each affiliated with its respective political party. They engage in international aid and volunteer training activities. The four foundations that have successfully registered in Beijing are respectively affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union, the Green Party, the Left Party and the Christian Social Union. The Chinese People’s Association …read more

Four provinces issue registration credentials to overseas NGOs

Four provinces issue registration credentials to overseas NGOs

Registration credentials being conferred to a foreign NGO in Jiangxi Province.  In the past two weeks, Hubei, Jiangxi and Gansu provinces and the city of Tianjin have issued their first batches of registration credentials to overseas NGOs. These regions join Guangzhou, Yunnan and other areas that have already issued registration credentials to groups of international NGOs, following the Overseas NGO Law which was implemented in the beginning of 2017. As in the previous cases, the organizations that gained their credentials include a number of Chambers of Commerce and other trade-focused organizations. The two NGOs that have been issued credentials by Hubei are the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the Cheonju …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 government issues new policy on think tanks

A new policy that bears on the future of Chinese think tanks, the “ Opinions on Promoting Healthy Development of Social Thinks Tanks”, was released this week by nine governmental departments, including the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Central Propaganda Department, the Organization Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the State Press and Publication Administration of Radio and Television and the National Bureau of Statistics. The new document lays out plans for implementation of several policies regarding social think tanks, including classified registration, dual management, comprehensive supervision and parallel tracks of support and regulation. The new …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs creates online database of social organizations

Ministry of Civil Affairs creates online database of social organizations

This week, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced the creation of a public online database that displays information about 700 thousand social organizations across China. The announcement comes as a sigh of relief to many in China in the wake of reports of pyramid-scheme charities and unauthentic organizations. The Ministry hopes that the online platform will increase the transparency of social organizations. By the end of 2016, there were 332,929 social groups, 358,833 private-run non-enterprise organizations and 5268 foundations in China. These social organizations have made countless contributions to Chinese society. Following the growth of these types of organizations however, many people have begun to worry about the authenticity of their …read more

Overseas NGOs successfully register in Sichuan and Guangdong

On April 6, the Sichuan Public Security Bureau held a small ceremony for two overseas NGOs that successfully completed their registrations. The Development Organisation of Rural Sichuan (DORS) and the MSI Professional Services are officially the first overseas NGOs to obtain registration credentials in Sichuan province. Guangdong is also issuing credentials to foreign NGOs, with the Zhang Xueliang Foundation, the Sun Yat-sen Fraternity Foundation, World Vision and the Gyeonggi Do Economic Development Institute of Science all successfully registering with the Guangdong Public Security Bureau in the last few weeks. This brings the total of successfully registered overseas NGOs in the province to 11. Since the implementation of the Overseas NGO …read more

Over 500 charitable organizations register in first four months of Charity Law’s enforcement

A report was released by Beijing Normal University this week, exploring the state of charitable organizations in China during the first four months of the Charity Law’s implementation, between September and December 2016. The report appears to confirm that it has got much easier for Chinese charitable organizations to officialy register since the law took effect. It states that during the time span considered more than 500 charitable organizations were registered in 15 Chinese provinces. Out of these 113 obtained public fundraising qualifications, 13 were chosen by the Civil Administration Bureau as online fundraising platforms, and 21 charitable trusts were put on record. Lastly, the report states that the central …read more

Tax department releases announcement on tax registration for overseas NGOs

In an effort to further implement the “Law on the Management of Overseas NGOs”, the State Administration of Taxation recently sent an announcement regarding tax registration for overseas NGOs to all tax departments. Below is CDB’s translation of the announcement. In line with current provisions for tax registration, overseas NGOs that registered at the Public Security Bureau after January 1 whose taxpayer ID codes use an 18-digit unified social credit code will be issued tax registration certificates. As for overseas NGOs that have already registered and set up a tax registration with the Civil Affairs Department but do not yet have a unified social credit code, the tax bureau will …read more

Public Security Bureau launches Wechat page for overseas NGOs

Public Security Bureau launches Wechat page for overseas NGOs

  A screenshot of the Public Security Bureau’s overseas NGOs Wechat account. The Public Security Bureau’s Office for the Management of Overseas NGOs has recently launched a public Wechat account designed to improve cooperation and communication between foreign NGOs and the Chinese government by providing news, information and other services to overseas NGOs. This should come as welcome news to foreign NGOs, many of which are still struggling to adapt to the implementation of the Overseas NGO Law. The Wechat account will provide news on the implementation of laws and policies that relate to overseas NGOs in China. In addition, it will post information regarding the registration of overseas NGOs as …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.

First batch of overseas NGOs receive their registration credentials in Yunnan

On the morning of March 30, the Yunnan Representative Office of Overseas NGOs issued their long-awaited registration credentials to the first batch of overseas NGOs. Nine NGOs from outside of Mainland China, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (US), Family Health International (US), Human People to People (Switzerland), Fred Hollows Foundation (Australia), Health Poverty Action (UK), MSI Professional Services International (HK), Cedar Fund (HK), World Vision (HK) and Ricci Social Services Foundation (Macau) all received their registration credentials during an official ceremony. Chen Zhong Wen, the chief delegate for the Yunnan Representative Office of Overseas NGOs and the deputy director of the Provincial Public Security Department, attended the award …read more