A total of 242 overseas non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been registered in China since the country's first law regarding overseas NGO activities took effect on Jan. 1.
According to the administration office of overseas NGOs under Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, the Chinese capital has issued certificates to 83 overseas NGOs and filed 89 temporary activities, ranking first among Chinese cities.
In addition to regular activities carried out by the 242 registered NGOs, 344 temporary activities were filed across China, involving over 400 NGOs from 28 countries and regions, including some of the registered ones.
The temporary activities covered fields such as economy, education, science and technology, health, environmental protection and disaster relief.
NGOs based in the United States carried out the most activities. So far 61 American NGOs have set up representative offices in China. A further 65 U.S. NGOs are in the process of registration.
The Beijing public security bureau also sought to offer streamlined and tailored services to those NGOs, including informal discussions about their needs, online and WeChat consultation, and six workdays instead of five.
"So far Beijing police and related authorities such as banking and taxation have held 16 discussions with more than 200 NGOs, and solved 137 problems for them," said Li Xiaodong from the municipal public security bureau.