Governing the ocean commons is a significant challenge in managing China’s rise. China’s global search for resources such as fisheries and seabed minerals raises questions of sustainability and fair distribution of resources. Moreover, China’s highly subsidized global fishing fleet—the largest in the world—increasingly acts to advance China’s geopolitical goals. With the recent passage of the Maritime Fisheries and Security Enforcement (SAFE) Act, addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is now a greater priority in U.S. foreign policy. How should U.S. policy on this issue move forward in the new administration, and more generally how should the global community think about China’s increasing presence in our oceans?

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Tabitha Grace Mallory (马碧珊) is Founder and CEO of the China Ocean Institute and Affiliate Professor of the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Mallory specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy. She is currently conducting research on China and global ocean governance and has published work on China’s fisheries and oceans policy. Dr. Mallory has consulted for organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Packard Foundation. She previously served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Columbia (formerly Princeton)–Harvard China and the World Program, and has also worked for The National Bureau of Asian Research and for the U.S. Congressional–Executive Commission on China (CECC).

Dr. Mallory holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) and an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins–Nanjing Center, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in international studies and Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Mallory serves on the board of directors of the China Club of Seattle and is a member of the Washington State China Relations Council. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations, and a fellow in the NCUSCR Public Intellectuals Program. She is also a non-resident fellow at the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins SAIS.