The 4th China-Malaysia Marine Cooperation Workshop

To further enhance the cooperation between China and Malaysia on marine science and technology, the 4th China-Malaysia Marine Cooperation Workshop was successfully convened on 14 December 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Jointly hosted by the State Oceanic Administration of China and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia (MOSTI), and organized by University of Malaya (UM) and FIO together, the Workshop drew more than 60 delegates from marine authorities and research institutes of China and Malaysia and invited Dr. QIAO Fangli from FIO and Dr. Azizan Abu Samah from UM as two chairs. 

Experts from both countries had extensive discussion on marine field investigation, theoretical research, practical application, and integrated management, covering fields of marine environmental forecasting, extreme climate, marine sediment, coastal evolution, bio-diversity, eco-system health, marine bio-technology, blue economy, and capacity building. The joint projects funded by two sides were well reviewed and suggestions for new projects were evaluated comprehensively. Finally, 11 existing cooperation projects and 3 new projects were decided to continue, including Projects of China-Malaysia Marine Forecasting Project led by Dr. QIAO Fangli, Multi-scale Climate Variations and Its Relations with Extreme Climate in Southeast Asia led by Dr. FANG Yue, and Impacts of Seasonal Variation of Monsoon on Sedimentation Process of Malaysia led by Dr. SHI Xuefa. 
This Workshop was attended by most participants and involved the wildest ranging of research fields among all previous ones. What have been achieved in the workshop will lay the foundation for further cooperation between China and Malaysia in marine science and technology, and add new momentum to the establishment of regional marine cooperation network, thus contributing greatly to the building of Maritime Silk Road.