Min­istry responds to queries about over­seas or­ga­ni­za­tions

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Shang­hai

China’s law en­force­ment of­fi­cials re­sponded on Tues­day to ques­tions about how over­seas NGOs will op­er­ate in China once a new law takes ef­fect in Jan­uary.

At a brief­ing held by the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity and Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau in Shang­hai, the min­istry said there will be no “tran­si­tional pe­riod” for over­seas NGOs.

Over­seas NGOs in China are ex­pected to pre­pare for the new regime and au­thor­i­ties are work­ing on ways to as­sist them, the min­istry said.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices of over­seas NGOs can or­ga­nize ac­tiv­i­ties within reg­is­tered re­gions, it said.

Cit­ing ar­ti­cles 10 and 13 of the law, the min­istry said that over­seas NGOs can es­tab­lish one or more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices in China, and should dis­close and reg­is­ter the ar­eas where they will op­er­ate.

The reg­is­tered re­gions of two or more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fices af­fil­i­ated to the same over­seas NGO should not over­lap, it said.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, a cat­a­log of fields and ac­tiv­i­ties in which over­seas NGOs are al­lowed to op­er­ate in China, as well as a list of au­thor­i­ties in charge of their op­er­a­tion, is be­ing drafted.

This will clar­ify the agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of over­seas NGOs’ ac­tiv­i­ties in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing the econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion and disaster re­lief, it said.

The min­istry is pon­der­ing more de­tails on su­per­vis­ing over­seas NGO ac­tiv­i­ties.

Of­fi­cials from con­sulates of 11 coun­tries in Shang­hai at­tended the brief­ing.

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