China draft law lets foreign NGOs open offices with government OK

April 24, 2015 3:35 AM

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese legislature has amended a draft law on international non-governmental organizations to give them special permission to set up branches in China, after an earlier draft sparked concerns of a crackdown.

The ruling Communist Party views NGOs, especially from abroad, with suspicion. Rights activists say the new law is part of a broader trend under President Xi Jinping's administration to rein in dissent.

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