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New law in China leaves charities puzzled

HONG KONG (SE): China passed two new regulatory laws this year, one aimed at the operations of charities, both foreign and local, and the other at foreign non-government organisations (NGO), of which there are an estimated 7,000 operating in the country.

While most facets of both laws are not tightly defined or described, two things are abundantly clear; religious and political activity are both banned and the validity of the perception of the state regarding any activity is paramount and safely guarded.

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Cultural shift in charitable work is needed not just money

HONG KONG (SE): Consternation and concern on the part of many people involved with non-government organisations (NGO) in China over a new draft law controlling their activities has stolen the limelight from another draft governing the operation of charities, which has been described as more workable.

Shawn Shieh, a Hong Kong-based expert on Chinese civil society, said that the draft law on NGOs suggests Beijing wants to try to weaken ties between local organisations and foreign funding.

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Foreign fuss over China’s non-government organisation law

BEIJING (UCAN): The United States of America (US), Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union wrote a letter to the Chinese government in late January calling on Beijing to reconsider a number of new laws, including one on the operation of foreign non-government organisations (NGOs), which they deem to be far too restrictive.

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Communist Party seeks more grassroots influence

BEIJING (SE): New, and what has proven to be controversial legislation covering the operation of both local and foreign non-government organisations (NGO) in China, was expected to be passed into law in the early days of August, but to date remains in a state of limbo.

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