Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA) (previously the Chinese Antarctic Administration of the State Antarctic Research Committee) is a Beijing-based agency of the People's Republic of China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA).
Established in 1981, it organizes China's scientific program for both the Arctic and Antarctic, and it provides logistic support to Antarctic expeditions.
it includes General Affairs, Operation & Logistics, Science Programs, International Cooperation, representation in the Chinese Embassy in Chile, and a Winter Training Base.
• The CAA organizes, coordinates and supervises China's polar program. As such, its responsibilities include: developing an integrated national polar research strategy, developing policy to guide national polar research activities, developing a five-year plan which coordinates the national policy, updating the national polar plan on an annual basis, coordinating the annual national polar research expedition, promoting coordination of polar research programs with other agencies, and supporting polar research cooperation with other nations and international organizations.
• The CAA is affiliated with the International Arctic Research Center, and the International Arctic Science Committee
Functions of CAA involves
• Drawing up the national strategies, polices and plans for Chinese Arctic and Antarctic expedition, and organizing the studies on the major polar issues,
• Formulating the laws, regulations, relevant standards and rules concerning polar expeditions and other polar activities, and administering relevant Arctic and Antarctic affairs in accordance with laws and regulations,
• Being responsible to organize, coordinate, and supervise the Chinese National Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, and organizing the scientific research activities within the polar area
• Organizing and coordinating the manning for Chinese polar expeditions, and administering the Chinese polar expedition winter training base and the representative offices abroad,
• Organize and participate the international affairs and organizations
• Undertaking the science popularization and promotional work in the area of polar expedition, assigned by SOA.