BEIJING: China will build its first long-term underwater observation platform in the resource-rich South China Sea, where it has territorial disputes with many south- east Asian countries including Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The platform aims to observe underwater conditions in real time.
“Construction work on the long-term observation platform covering key areas in the South China and East China seas will be done with the help of Shanghai’s Tongji University and the Institute of Acoustics,” Wang Pinxian, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said. Building the observation network showcases that China is actively joining in the international competition, Wang told scientific forum in Shanghai last Saturday, state-run Global Times reported.
Institute of Acoustics refused to reveal the exact location and further details of the research programmes on the platform due to its sensitive nature, it said.