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Ruth Shapiro: In China, NGOs need government backing

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Children hold signs bearing messages of gratitude while saluting vehicles carrying rescue workers on April 23, 2013, following an earthquake three days earlier in Lushan County, Sichuan Province.   © Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping threw his weight behind a government drive to increase charitable giving by citizens at the annual session of parliament in March, and a new draft law from Beijing aims to boost local philanthropy by requiring charities to publish financial statements and annual reports.

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