Luo Zhaohui, chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA), met with Wu Shicun, founding president of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS), on Sept 26.
Luo said that Wu, as the founder of the NISCSS, has made remarkable contributions to safeguarding China's maritime rights and interests and carrying out Track II and people-to-people diplomacy over the years.
Wu is still advocating for the protection of national interests in the international arena, which deserves admiration and recognition, Luo said, adding that he hopes Wu will encourage the NISCSS and related think tanks to take the initiative to design and lead, as well as to invest more in human resources training and other foreign aid areas in order to bolster China's international development cooperation.
Wu thanked the CIDCA for its support for the work of the NISCSS and said that the institute has strong research resources and influence in the fields of marine resource protection, international law related to the South China Sea, and China's peripheral diplomacy. He said the NISCSS is willing to give full play to its strengths, use Track II diplomacy to actively participate in China's foreign aid work and serve the country’s diplomatic efforts.