The United States and China held the inaugural U.S.-China Consultation on Foreign Nongovernmental Organization Management on December 14, 2017 in Beijing, China. The two sides discussed the critical role that NGOs play in facilitating people-to-people exchanges between the United States and China. Both sides believe that the strength and success of all countries depends on protecting and supporting civil society.
The United States urges China to ensure that the new Foreign NGO Management Law will guarantee the continuous operations of U.S. NGOs in China. The two sides decided to meet again in 2018 and continue working-level consultations to address the concerns of civil society leaders. The Ministry of Public Security and related public security organizations decided to meet with representatives of NGOs and Professional Supervisory Units early next year in order to resolve their questions and concerns about registration.