Li Keqiang’s annual work report touches upon civil society
As every year, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. His report touched on various topics of relevance to civil society, including social work, the management of social organizations, poverty alleviation, community governance, institutional reform, child welfare protection and care for the elderly. Below we have summarized some of the most relevant points. Li Keqiang’s report stressed the need to push for the sound development of the public welfare sector, as a follow-up to the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016. A series of related policies will continue …read more
Charity Law amendment proposed during China’s “Two Sessions”
Every March Beijing plays host to the so-called “Two Sessions,” the joint plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). During this year’s opening meeting of the NPC, many proposals were put forth on how to improve public welfare policies, including a proposed amendment to the Charity Law. Below are some of the more interesting proposals: – An amendment to the Charity Law proposed by a deputy named Wang Ming aims at creating tax deductions for NGOs while also proposing a re-evaluation of the asset value maintenance of NGOs, along with an increase in tax exemptions for philanthropic organizations. – Deputy Li …read more
How does one Wrap up a 370 Million Yuan Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit?
This article discusses the recent failure of an environmental public interest lawsuit initiated by two Chinese NGOs against some polluting companies in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. There are fears that the ruling against the two NGOs, that will now be forced to pay heavy legal expenses, may discourage other such lawsuits in the future.
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
China’s ministries set goals on social issues for 2017
China’s central ministries recently held meetings to set their work plans for 2017 on social issues including environmental protection, housing, health and food safety. What will the focal points of their work be in 2017? Let’s take a look. Environmental Protection Ministry The ministry revealed its plans to tackle Chinese cities’ notorious winter pollution, tightening the regulations on pollution in the winter season in the following six ways: clamping down on coal-fired boilers; intensifying supervision on bulk coal control in urban villages, mixed urban-rural areas and rural communities; staggering some business operations to non-peak periods during the winter; improving industrial emission standards; standardizing businesses that are low-cost, scattered, disordered …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
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
First batch of NGOs receives registration credentials in Guangdong
On the morning of January 19, the Guangdong Public Security Bureau held a small ceremony in Guangzhou to award the first batch of registration credentials to overseas NGOs in Guangdong. The registration credentials are in conjunction with the “Overseas NGO Law” that came into effect at the beginning of January. The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, a Hong Kong-based organization, is among the six overseas NGOs that were awarded credentials at the ceremony.
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
Public interest litigations system in need of revamping
Editor’s note This is our translation of an editorial of Southern Metropolis Daily, which discusses cases of public interest litigations in which the public prosecution acts as the plaintiff. There have recently been quite a few such cases in China, as a result of new government policies. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate recently held a press conference on “public prosecution litigations” during which it presented five guiding cases. These were respectively the civil litigation case of Xu Jianhui and Xu Yuxian, who were sued by the Changzhou city Procuratorate in Jiangsu Province; the civil public interest case of the Health and Family Planning Bureau and the Hospital of traditional Chinese …read more
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