Greetings from China-Korea Joint Ocean Research Center!
  In light of the joint statement of the Sino-Korean Summit held in 1994, China-Korea Joint Ocean Research Center was set up in May, 1995 in Qingdao. The Center, a marine research institution supported by the governments of both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea(ROK), was established to enhance exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in marine-related fields in a bid to promote the regional development of marine science as well as to protect the marine environment and to boost the sustainable development and utilization of the marine resources in the world.
  Looking back at the past more than 20 years since its establishment, the Center, functioning as a bridge and window, has promoted and facilitated the Sino-Korea cooperation and communication in marine--related fields as well as in marine information, data and personal exchanges.
  In accordance with the new situation of the demands and development in marine science of the two countries, and in line with the three major functions put forward by its predecessors, (namely, to serve as the secretariat for the science & technology cooperation between China and ROK, to formulate marine policies, and to conduct joint research,) we will learn useful lessons from the past experience and better guide the direction of our future development. Meanwhile, in order to make more achievements, we will attach great importance to the actual effect of our collaboration and constantly enhance the mutual cooperation in the marine-related fields.
  At the beginning of our term serving as the directors of the Center, which coincides with the 17th anniversary of the founding of the Center, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the competent government departments from both China and ROK and the scientists and researchers of the relevant marine-related institutions from both countries and all our friends. We thank them for their care and support to the development of the Center over the past decade and a half. We would also like to express our sincere gratefulness to the leaders and staff of the Center for the contributions they have made. We special thanks for the past leaders and staffs' great efforts in promoting the Center.
  It is our wish that you could continue, as always, to provide your care, support and advice to our research center, and we will try our best to build the Center into an institution for international cooperation, which is more open, united, harmonious and efficient, so that it will play a greater role in promoting the Sino-Korea exchanges and cooperation of marine science and technology as well as in making the marine programs of both countries more prosperous.

Director: Kang Gil Mo

Vice-Director: Meng Xianwei

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