China's Overseas NGO Law: Next Steps for Associations

Great Wall of China April 17, 2017 By: Dorothy Deng

Now that China's new overseas NGO law is in effect, nongovernmental organizations operating there have a new set of requirements to comply with. While many provisions of the law remain fuzzy, several first steps for associations have become clear.

China's new law governing nongovernmental organizations—formally, the "Law of the People's Republic of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China"—was approved by the National People's Congress in April 2016 and became effective on January 1, 2017. One of its main purposes is to regulate foreign NGOs that engage in sensitive political activities, such as promoting human rights, democracy, and labor rights. However, due to its broad definition of "overseas NGOs," many professional associations established overseas are also subject to the law....