China Is Planning a Massive Sea Lab 10,000 Feet Underwater

c2dd1fa6-b540-4044-8f5d-86439d20c7b7_w987_r1_snews54sfsf5454sfChina 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.
6Such 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.6