China Exploiting Ocean-bottom Mineral Resources Soon


A robotic arm from the Jiaolong (sea dragon) submersible places a Chinese national flag on the seabed. Photo: Xinhua

A robotic arm from the Jiaolong (sea dragon) submersible places a Chinese national flag on the seabed. Photo: Xinhua

SCMP says in its report “China developing manned submersible capable of reaching the bottom of any ocean” today that China is developing a manned submersible able to go the deepest bottom of ocean on earth according to China’s Science and Technology Daily’s report on the weekend.

The vessel is being built by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the company that developed and made the Jiaolong submersible, which has successfully taken a crew to the depth of 7,062 meters in 2012.

In addition, the company’s 4,500-metre manned submersible is in its final assembly and testing stage. Together with a 4,000-ton mother ship for the submersibles that will enter service in March 2019, China will be able to exploit the minerals at ocean bottom in earnest soon.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2064672/china-developing-manned-submersible-capable-reaching

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