A Brief Introduction to the South China Sea Institute
The South China Sea Institute of Xiamen University (SCSI) was officially inaugurated on November 3, 2012. It is an interdisciplinary research institution headed by well-known Professor Kuen-chen FU and boasts of researchers from various fields. It primarily focuses on researching and advising on issues related to the South China Sea (SCS).
SCSI is dedicated to building on Xiamen University’s multidisciplinary strength on Southeast Asian studies, International Law and oceanography, thereby creating strong research foundation on SCS issues and setting up the first Chinese Academic Institute focused on these issues.
Having conducted a great amount of basic and applied research on SCS, SCSI serves as a national think-tank for laws and policies associated with the SCS by contributing to cooperation among relevant international organizations and enhancing cross-strait academic exchanges. The Institute also provides a platform for keeping pace with cutting-edge research on the SCS. It also acts as a training base for high-level experts and works to create new modes for aiding and supporting professionals in relevant fields.
Major research areas of the Institute
1. Oceans policy and law
2. Maritime delimitation and rights and interests protection
3. International relations concerning oceans
4. Navigation security and maritime law enforcement
5. Cross-strait cooperation on maritime issues
6. Marine environment protection and resources management
7. History and geography of oceans and underwater cultural heritage
8. Historical archives on Chinese maritime boundaries
9. 21st Century Maritime Silk Road