POLICE in China will be closely monitoring foreign non-governmental organizations in a bid to tighten controls on external influences in the country.
This comes after its government passed a law to that subjected the NGOs to close police supervision.
The latest move by authorities is believed to be part of its clamp down on perceived threats to national security.
The law, adopted Thursday by the national legislature, states that foreign NGOs must not endanger China’s national security and ethnic unity. It grants police the power to question administrators, search facilities and seize equipment.
Beijing’s move to pass such a law has drawn criticism from U.S. and European officials and business and academic organizations.
They are concerned it would severely restrict the operations of a wide range of groups, further limiting the growth of civil society in China and hindering non-governmental exchanges between China and the rest of the world.
Additional Reporting by Associated Press