China’s Ministry of Public Security published on Tuesday a list of government bodies that will act as a go-between with the ministry and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO), ahead of the enforcement of a controversial new law, Reuters reports. President Xi Jinping’s administration has made sweeping changes to the law in the name of boosting national security, including a controversial cyber security law passed last month and another targeting foreign NGOs, slated for Jan. 1. But some foreign organizations including social and environmental advocacy groups fear they could inadvertently break the broad new rules, with some even shutting up shop to avoid such pitfalls. In November, the government twice issued clarification statements, saying there would be no grace period for NGOs to meet the new law, later adding that groups must give details of how they are funded.
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