Three policies emerged around 2017 that have a significant impact on the development of civil society organizations: the Law on Administration of Activities of Overseas [Foreign] Nongovernmental Organizations in the Mainland of China, effective the first week of the year; the Charity Law, effective September 2016; and the Opinion on the Reform of the Social Organization Management System and Promotion of the Healthy and Orderly Development of Social Organizations, jointly issued by the General Office of the C.C.P. Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council in August 2016. This report offers description and analysis of the effect these three policies have each had on China’s 700,000 civil society organizations and on the unknown number of civil organizations that are not registered with any office of civil affairs.


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