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China Matters: Registration of International Non-profit Organizations in the PRC

March 20, 2009

By Paul Hastings Professional

In view of the growing recognition of Chinas influence on worldwide affairs and as part of Chinas greater connection with the world economy, many international non-profit organizations (INPO) have taken an interest in China or regarded China as an important strategic spot for fulfilling their mission. Such INPOs include charitable organizations, private or charitable foundations, trade and industry associations, standards and certification associations, educational institutions and business leagues.

While China has welcomed the entry of foreign commercial investments, reflected in its well-developed and various investment laws, the INPO arena remains tightly restricted. Only a handful of well-connected INPOs have, after years of effort, managed to establish a legal presence in China.