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Over the years, the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), Ministry of Natural Resources has attached great importance to and positively promoted the international marine cooperation in science and technology, participating in international marine affairs and toughening its institutional building and management of foreign affairs. Years of endeavors has witnessed the productive cooperation and stable relationship between FIO and foreign research institutes and international marine organizations of Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, Europe, America, and Oceania, enable FIO to form new collaborative status featuring coordination of the North and South and joint development of the East and West.

FIO has established positive relationships with 50 research institutes of more than 30 key marine countries and regions in marine communication and cooperation by now. After signing and implementing over 20 inter-institutional cooperation agreements, FIO makes down-to-earth work with partners in marine observation and monitoring, disaster prevention and mitigation, sea-air interaction, marine ecosystem and bio-diversity conservation, marine geology, polar research, integrated coastal management, and ocean engineering, producing fruitful results. Besides, FIO gets actively involved in events of international organizations, including Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR), Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); and major activities of international programs, covering Global Ocean Observing System(GOOS), the International Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Project, World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), Indian Ocean Observing System (INDOOS). Being a success host, FIO continuously organized big international conventions, such as the PICES Annual Meeting, Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change (CLIVAR) Early Career Scientists Symposium, WESTPAC International Scientific Conference, and China-Southeast Asian Countries Marine Cooperation Forum, greatly increasing its international status.

Some international and regional collaborative projects are initiated and executed by FIO and have much international influence, including the construction of Indonesia-China Center for Ocean and Climate (ICCOC) and Joint Observation Station, establishment of Ocean Forecasting System (OFS) in Southeast Asian Region, and Research Project on Marine Endangered Species of China-ASEAN Countries, which are funded by China-Indonesia Maritime Cooperation Fund and China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund; and Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem Impacts (MOMSEI), the Southeast Asian Global Ocean Observing System(SEAGOOS), and the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition(IIOE-2), which are conducted under the framework of international organizations.

In order to make FIO a stable platform for further international cooperation, nine international organizations are settled here. They are bilateral research organizations: China-Korea Joint Ocean Research Center (Qingdao), Indonesia-China Center for Ocean and Climate (Jakarta), China-Thailand Joint Laboratory for Climate and Marine Ecosystem (Phuket), China-Australia Joint Research Center of Ocean Engineering (Melbourne, funded by Ministry of Technology of both countries), China-Russia Joint Research Center of Ocean and Climate (Vladivostok), China-Malaysia Joint Center of Marine Science and Technology (Bachok); and multi-lateral cooperation platforms: UNESCO/IOC-Ocean Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (ODC Center), CHINA-PEMSEA Sustainable Coastal Management Cooperation Center (CPC), International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO). Cooperating with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Maldives, FIO has established overseas observation stations and implemented joint research expeditions, setting and maintaining ocean buoys and subsurface buoys together with other countries, so that a regional and global ocean observation collaboration network begins to take shape.

Positive participation in international cooperation enables FIO to cultivate experts of different disciplines and age ranging with international influence and appeal while attracting 25 foreign scientists to work as guest researchers. Furthermore, FIO has set up the International Cooperation Division and formed specialized team to manage all the international projects.
First Institute of Oceanography,  Ministry of Natural Resources