Cen­ter set up to study fish­er­men’s guide­books

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By LIU XIAOLI andHUANG YIMING in Haikou

China opened a re­search cen­ter in Hainan prov­ince onWed­nes­day to en­sure that the knowl­edge con­tained in genglubu, books Chi­nese fish­er­man have tra­di­tion­ally used for guid­ance in the South China Sea, is pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The cen­ter, es­tab­lished in Hainan Univer­sity, will have dozens of pro­fes­sors ded­i­cated to his­tory, law, na­ture, econ­omy, cul­ture and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions con­cern­ing the South China Sea. Their re­search is ex­pected to pro­vide con­vinc­ing proof of China’s sovereignty over the sea, adding to the ev­i­dence pro­vided by the genglubu, which are to be housed un­der ex­pert care in the cen­ter.

A Hainan Univer­sity sur­vey has shown that the knowl­edge in the genglubu is fad­ing as time passes. Most of those fa­mil­iar with it are now el­derly re­tired sea cap­tains.

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