National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS)

Located at the Jiangdong New District of Haikou City, the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) specializes in research on issues of the South China Sea (SCS) and participates in related academic exchanges. Its predecessor, the Hainan Research Institute of South China Sea (HRISCS), was established in 1996. In July, 2004, the State Council upgraded the HRISCS to the national level and changed its name to the National Institute for South China Sea Studies. In order to promote SCS studies and improve academic network, the NISCSS Beijing Office was established in January, 2013.

Cross-Strait Academic Exchang

Cross-Strait Forum on the South China Sea Issue

The Cross-Strait Forum on the South China Sea Issue was initiated by the NISCSS and the Institute of International Relations of Taiwan Chengchi University in March, 2002. It has been held alternately in Hainan and Taiwan. This Forum is designed to facilitate communications among experts and scholars specializing in South China Sea studies, strengthen academic exchanges, and promote cooperation in South China Sea studies.

South China Sea-themed Summer Camp

The South China Sea-themed Summer Camp was initiated in August, 2012. Organizers include the NISCSS, the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies of Nanjing University, the Academia Sinica and Taiwan Ocean University. By the end of October 2014, three camps had been held, each with more than 30 participants from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan Chengchi University and other universities or colleges. The Camp is designed to promote exchanges among college students, disseminate oceanic culture, bolster oceanic awareness and facilitate cross-strait cooperation in oceanic education.  

Assessment Report on the Situation in the South China Sea

The National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) released the Assessment Report on the Situation in the South China Seasince 2002. In order to promote cross-strait cooperation in South China Sea studies, NISCSS President Wu Shicun and Professor Liu Fu-kuo, research fellow with the Institute of International Relations at Taiwan Chengchi University joined hands in compiling the Report in August 2011. More than ten scholars contribute to the undertaking. The Report covers an assessment of the situation in the South China Sea, cross-strait South China Sea policies, changes in the South China Sea policies of relevant claimants and non-claimants and prospects of cross-strait cooperation.

International Collaboration

International Ocean Institute (Canada)

On 16 November 2015, during his visit to Canada for academic exchanges, NISCSS President Wu Shicun visited the International Ocean Institute (Canada) and signed a MOU with Director Michael Butler on promoting institutional cooperation.

University of Alberta

From 12-14 December 2013, Mr. Gordon Houlden, director of China Institute, the University of Alberta, visited the NISCSS. Mr. Gordon Houlden signed a memorandum of understanding with the NISCSS on behalf of the University of Alberta. On 6 June 2014, the two sides held the Second Arctic/Asia-Pacific Maritime Workshop: Sea Lines of Communication Security in the Asia Pacific and the Arctic in Beijing.

Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy (KIMS)

In October, 2013, the NISCSS and the KIMS signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation between Chinese and Korean think tanks in personnel training, information sharing and other areas. In April 2013, the NISCSS delegation participated in the Joint Workshop on Common Concerns for Maritime Security and Safety, which was co-organized by the KIMS, the SLOC Study Group-Korea and the NISCSS.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesia

On 29 July 2012, the NISCSS and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesia, signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in South China Sea studies. In 2012 and 2013, the two sides co-organized the Workshop on Managing Potential Conflicts in the South China Sea.
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