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Draft law to protect overseas NGOs in China

Xinhua, April 20, 2015 Adjust font size:

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) - A new clause was added to a draft law on the regulation of overseas NGOs, which was reviewed for the second time by the top legislature on Monday.

Compared to its first reading, the current draft adds that activities of overseas NGOs that conform with the law are protected by Chinese law.

The first draft said overseas NGOs were not allowed to establish branches in China.

However, as some overseas NGOs, especially in the fields of science and technology, already have branches in China and their presence is supported by a number of government policies, the new draft was amended. It now reads that overseas NGOs are not allowed to establish branches unless the State Council has other regulations.

The draft law was tabled to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for its first reading at the end of last year. It aims to regulate the activities of overseas NGOs in China, protect their legal rights and interests, and promote exchanges and cooperation.

There are provisions on the operation and fundraising of overseas NGOs in China as well as their management and supervision.

The bill states that governments at all levels are obligated to provide policy consultation, assistance and guidance for overseas NGOs so that they can effectively and legally operate in China. Endit