China promises to give nonprofits a greater role
APBEIJING -- China pledged Wednesday to allow charities, industry associations and other nonprofit groups to play a greater role in society in an acknowledgement of the growing importance of independent organizations the authoritarian government traditionally has treated with suspicion.
March 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Civil Affairs Minister Li Liguo said that as part of the Cabinet's recently announced restructuring plan, the government will expand the scope of functions it will let other groups fulfill.
“Overall, from now on, the role that our country's social organizations will play in economic and social development will be expanded and strengthened,” Li said.
China calls nonprofit, usually independent groups “social organizations.”