China is planning a massive sea lab almost two miles underwater

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China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters.

Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according to a recent Science Ministry presentation viewed by Bloomberg. The project was mentioned in China’s current five-year economic plan released in March and ranked number two on a list of the top 100 science and technology priorities.

Here is a translation of the March 2016 statement from the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation is leading the deep sea platform project.

March 25, 2016, the SASAC held a State Key Laboratory of Chinese Shipbuilding Industry Institute established the company seven hundred and two manned deep-sea equipment relying embodiment demonstration. Ministry of Science…

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