China considering stricter controls on foreign NGOs

BEIJING • Chinese legislators are considering a new draft of a controversial law requiring foreign non-profit organisations to report their activities to government agencies while curtailing the recruitment of supporters, state media said yesterday.

The law on overseas non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was delayed after an outcry from charities and concerns voiced from foreign governments.

A draft of the Bill - covering foreign charities, business associations and academic institutions in China - has been submitted to a legislative session being held this week, Xinhua news agency said.

Xinhua indicated that the draft preserved the features which had previously triggered concerns.

The rubber-stamp National People's Congress is controlled by the ruling Communist Party and if the measure is put to a vote, it is certain to be approved.

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