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China's Foreign NGO Law: Interpreting and Navigating the New Rules



China’s new Foreign NGO Law requires pre-approval and reporting of proposed NGO activities, and it requires the establishment of a formal NGO Representative Office when activities last longer than a year. Considering that an estimated 7,000 NGOs now operate in China without a formal structure or have incorporated as a commercial enterprise, properly understanding the new law and navigating its requirements is of critical importance to NGOs intending to continue to operate in China. 

This presentation, given by Chet Scheltema, Regional Director of Dezan Shira & Associates, discusses China's Foreign NGO Law and Charity Law; permitted and prohibited activities; the political and legislative context behind the new law; application procedures; dual supervision (PSB and PSU); reporting, fundraising and taxation; enforcement and sanctions. 

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