The first ever Chinese institute has been granted observer status with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), a move analysts say will help safeguard the country’s deep sea interests, Science and Technology Daily reported on August 18.
ISA granted the status to the Centre for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University of China at its 23rd session in Kingston from August 8-18, 2017.
The center, established in 2013, is a key unit in drafting China’s law on exploration and exploitation of deep seabed resources.
ISA was established in 1994 as an autonomous international organization through which state parties organize and control activities and administer resources of international seabed areas. ISA observers play a key part in formulating deep sea rules.