China is unaffected by the international pressure questioning its continued presence and activities in the highly contested territory in the South China Sea now that it bared its plan to build an underwater ‘space lab’.
The space lab or space station will be built around 3,000 meters below the surface in the middle of the vast maritime zones where at least $5 trillion of waterborne goods pass through each year. China announced the plan as part of its Five-Year Economic Plan, which was released last March, Bloomberg reported.
The number two project under the science and technology categories remains in process, but officials have already said the Chinese government has already considered the project a priority one and measures were already taken to hasten the start of the project.
Bryan Clark of the business consultancy firm Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in New York told the Bloomberg that this will be the first of its kind, if in case it becomes successful. There has been limited information about the same project, but officials said this is already a work in progress.
“Having this kind of long-term inhabited station has not been attempted this deep, but it is certainly possible. Manned submersibles have gone to those depths for almost 50 years. The challenge is operating it for months at a time,” Clark was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
But, is the project solely intended for scientific purposes? An article from the Washington Times revealed that the same project raised the same doubt that it could be something more, specifically with military intentions. The report added that it’s possible that the project could be both scientific and military in nature.