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US President Barack Obama (right) receives Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, DC on September 25, 2015. (AFP photo)
US President Barack Obama (right) receives Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, DC on September 25, 2015. (AFP photo)

The United States has denounced China after it passed a new law giving police wide-ranging powers over foreign NGOs, many of whom are suspected to be working on behalf of the US government.

US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on Wednesday that the United States is "deeply concerned" over the law, which will come into force in January of next year, AFP reported.

The law "will further narrow space for civil society in China and constrain contact between individuals and organizations in the United States and China," Price said.

The new measure also bans foreign NGOs, or non-governmental organizations, from recruiting people or raising funds in China.

"Recognizing that a vibrant civil society is a cornerstone of stability and prosperity, the [Obama] administration has expressed strong support at every level for the role of civil society in China," Price said.

"We urge China to respect the rights and freedoms of human rights defenders, journalists, business groups, development professionals, and all others who make up civil society, including by protecting the ability of foreign NGOs to operate in China,” he added.

Who fund American NGOs

American billionaire George Soros 

Commenting on Washington’s strong reaction to the new Chinese law, American anti-war activist and journalist Bruce Gagnon said, “It's always amazing and comical to hear US elites clamor about various countries sending American NGOs packing.” 

“By now I'd hope most people know that many of these so-called NGOs inserted in countries where the US wants regime change are in fact funded by the CIA, USAID, National Endowment for Democracy and George Soros' Open Society Foundations,” he told Press TV on Thursday.

“These ‘NGOs’ have been repeatedly caught red-handed doing illegal and unethical operations inside Cuba, Venezuela, Ukraine, Brazil, Russia, China and other countries.  The US uses these NGOs to create internal destabilization and chaos and calls it ‘democracy’ promotion.  Beware of US NGOs handing out money,” stated Gagnon, who is the coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.