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Ruth Shapiro: Civic engagement with Chinese characteristics

China's President Xi Jinping has thrown his weight behind a government drive to increase charitable giving by Chinese citizens at the annual session of parliament this month and a new draft law from Beijing aims to boost local philanthropy by obliging charities to publish financial statements and annual reports.

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

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