On April 28, 2016, the 20th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People’s Congress adopted a law to regulate the activities of foreign NGOs in China. The law will become effective in January 2017.
The law has seven chapters and 54 articles. Article 5 provides that these overseas NGOs “must not harm China’s national unity, security, and national solidarity and must not harm China’s national interests, the public’s interests and the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons, and other organizations.” “Foreign NGOs shall not engage in or fund for-profit activities and political activities, and shall not illegally engage in or fund religious activities.”
According to Article 6, the Ministry of Public Security and the provincial police departments will be responsible for the registration and regulation of foreign NGOs. Under Article 9, foreign NGOs operating in China must not engage in activities in China without approval.
Article 20 provides that while engaging in activities in China, foreign NGOs must not impose additional terms and conditions on their Chinese cooperating organizations and beneficiaries which violate Chinese law and regulations.
Source: The Central Government of China, April 29, 2016