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Wu Shicun has a PhD in history and is president and senior research fellow of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, deputy director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies, Nanjing University, and member of Foreign Policy Advisory Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

Dr Wu’s research interests cover the history and geography of the South China Sea, maritime delimitation, maritime economy, international relations and regional security strategy. His main single-authored books include What One Needs to Know about the Disputes between China and the Philippines (Current Affairs Press,2015), What One Needs to Know about the South China Sea (Current Affairs Press,2015),Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea: A Chinese perspective(Woodhead Publishing, 2013), A Study on the South China Sea Disputes (Hainan Publishing House, 2005) and The Origin and Development of  the Nansha  Disputes (Ocean Press, 1999). His main edited books include: Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea-Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Ashgate,2014),Recent Developments in the South China Sea Dispute: The Prospect of a Joint Development Regime (Routledge, 2014),Securing the Safety of Navigation in East Asia: Legal and Political Dimensions (Woodhead Publishing, 2013), Maritime Security in the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2009), Selective Studies on World Famous Island Economic Bodies (World Knowledge, 2006) and Collection of Documents Relating to South China Sea Issues (Hainan Publishing House, 2001). Dr Wu has published widely in academic journals and been the subject of frequent media interviews as a senior commentator on South China Sea, and other regional security issues.