China to expand its presence in Antarctica

Mr Lin Shanqing, SOA’s deputy director, said on Monday that Chinese scientists have identified the site for its fifth research station in Antarctica, and construction will start as early as next year. It now maintains four Antarctic stations and has sent 33 expeditions.

It is also building its second ice-breaking vessel, and the construction of its first airfield in Antarctica is slated to start later this year, reported China Daily.

 

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