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NGOs receive positive review in China


September 2, 2006

For the first time in China, a state-controlled Communist publication has spoken positively of foreign non-governmental organizations.

The South China Morning Post and Asianews reported on the complimentary review, which was published in a recent issue of the Study Times, the newspaper of the Central Party School. The article criticizes the extremity of current views on foreign NGOs in which "one demonizes foreign NGOs, while the other deify them."

The article stresses that non-governmental does not mean anti-government or anti-Communist.

The author says the purpose of foreign NGOs is to complete what the government does, not to deter it. Cooperation with foreign NGOs is necessary for China's progression, the review said.

Foreign NGOs reportedly have a difficult time operating in China, and many Chinese are hesitant to support them, as involvement could conflict with their occupation and cause them to lose their jobs.

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