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and overseas colleges, hospitals and science and engineering research institutes will follow existing regulations.
The law also removed a provision in the original draft that limited offices on the Chinese mainland to one, and removed the five year operational limit on representative offices. The restrictions on staff and volunteers are removed but tougher rules have been imposed on finances including the source of funding, expenses and revenue. Financial reports will be audited and published. The draft required a permit if an overseas NGO wanted to temporarily operate in the mainland. In the adopted law this has been changed to a compulsory report with the regulator 15 days before the programme begins. However, their Chinese partners must obtain approval.
Overseas NGOs will be supervised by police and other central and provincial government departments related to the specialty of the NGOs’ programmes.
The law allows the police to interview chief representatives and senior executives if they are suspected of breaking the law. Police can also ask the Chinese partners to terminate a cooperation programme if it is considered to undermine state security. NGOs will have their registration certificates withdrawn if they are found stealing state secrets, spreading rumors, sponsoring political activities or any other activity that harms state security and interest. Staff directly responsible for the offences may face police detention or criminal prosecution. The NGOs that engage in illegal activities including anything that subverts the state or splits the nation, will be banned from operating on the mainland.— Xinhua
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