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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.

     Read some Western news reports on China, though, and you might think that all nonprofit organizations are being forced to shut down. Clearly, the situation on the ground is more nuanced than the headlines.

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