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World Ocean Week 2016 in Xiamen
Cooperation with regions along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, especially members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is the focus of the World Ocean Week 2016 in Xiamen (WOW 2016), taking place from Nov 4 to 10 in the coastal city in East China's Fujian province.
The event comprises international forums on the maritime industry, maritime exhibitions and marine cultural activities.
The theme of this year's WOW is "Jointly Building the Maritime Silk Road: New Vision New Landscape". As ASEAN member countries are the core part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, cooperation with the region is the highlight of this year's World Ocean Week.
At the 2016 International Ocean Forum and the sixth Ministerial Forum on Marine Sustainable Development for Developing Countries - major sections of the World Ocean Week - on Friday, an agreement for jointly building the China-ASEAN Marine Cooperation Center was signed between officials from the State Oceanic Administration and the Fujian provincial government.
Premier Li Keqiang proposed the marine cooperation center when he attended the 17th China-ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Myanmar in November 2014.
The center will be a platform for multilateral cooperation in the areas of marine industry trade and investment, maritime research, environmental protection, disasters prevention and mitigation, maritime management, personnel training and other interconnectivity affairs.
During the forum, officials and experts from Xiamen, Fujian province, the State Oceanic Administration and ASEAN member states also discussed a broad range of issues relating to maritime development cooperation.
World Ocean Forum. [Photo provided to xmicc.org.cn]
The 9th China (Xiamen) International Recreational Fishery and Aquarium Expo in 2016. [Photo provided to xmicc.org.cn]
A group photo of the winners at the 12th China Club Challenge Match. [Photo provided to xmicc.org.cn]
The World Ocean Week 2016 in Xiamen includes six international ocean forums and sub forums, three ocean exhibitions and matchmaking symposium, and 12 ocean carnival activities. More than 2,000 delegates attended the international forums and more than 100 million people participated in the event.