Natural Security Series: Holding China Accountable for Harming Oceans

By Yun Sun

Yun Sun is a Senior Associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China's relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

By Amanda Shaver

Amanda Shaver is a Research Assistant with Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economics with magna cum laude honors from The George Washington University where she is also currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Affairs. Prior to joining Stimson, she worked for the Obama Administration in the Office of the Vice President and for the Department of State in Rome, Italy.

Beijing’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) have released a comprehensive plan for maritime economic development and cooperation across the globe.

The policy paper, entitled the Vision for Maritime Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, outlines the importance of harnessing the economic potential of the ocean, while also protecting the largest ecosystem on earth.

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