Date
25 March 2017
The National People's Congress aims to pass the controversial legislation this week. Photo: Bloomberg
The National People's Congress aims to pass the controversial legislation this week. Photo: Bloomberg

China poised to approve crackdown on foreign NGOs

China’s legislature is set to approve a bill treating overseas non-profit groups as potential security threats.

The legislation, part of a campaign against unwanted foreign influences, is likely to expand the influence of the country’s domestic security forces and give police the power to put undesirable groups on a permanent blacklist, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a report from the official Xinhua News Agency.

Lawmakers reviewed a third draft on Monday and the legal committee of the National People’s Congress was pushing for its passage this week.

An earlier draft released a year ago drew criticisms from foreign governments and non-profit organizations, which feared it would affect overseas entities including universities, charities and trade groups.

While the new version has removed several controversial provisions, it also added new ones, Xinhua said.

One new provision would require groups to report funding sources and spending for all activities.

The lawmakers, meanwhile, removed rules limiting overseas non-profit groups to a single office in China, forcing them to re-register every five years and restricting their ability to recruit staff and volunteers.

There are about 7,000 overseas non-profit groups actively operating in China, the report said.

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