Chinese Submersible Jiaoleo... pardon, Jiaolong

Sursa: Worldmaritimenews

Jiao…long, ca să nu mai fiu iar cu răutăcismu-n taste, s-a băgat la scufund de i-au fluierat urechile: 5057 metri!!!

Jiaolong este proiectat pentru a rezista până la funduri de 7000 de metri şi are nu-ş ce legătură cu programul spaţial chinezesc şi alte curse în care prietenii şi viitori vecini chinezi se iau la întrecere cu restul lumii aflate în curs de falimentare: in space (da, ştiu, s-a mai zis), sea, and polar exploration, which has revealed fast-growing technical capabilities.

Aşa. După aia ştirea devine plicticoasă precum filmele americane cu propagandă inclusă în preţ.

Însă, răsare porumbelul:

China has pushed hard in recent years to obtain oil, minerals and other natural resources needed to fuel its growth, and has said its submersible programme is aimed at scientific research and the peaceful exploration and use of natural resources.

Scientists say the ocean’s floors contain rich deposits of a range of potentially valuable minerals, but the extreme depths pose technical difficulties in harvesting them on a wide scale.

But it may not take China long to begin reaching some of these riches, Jian Zhimin, director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology at Shanghai’s Tongji University, told AFP.

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But China’s appetite for resources, rapid military expansion and increasing assertiveness on sea territorial claims have caused concern.

During a Jiaolong dive to the bottom of the disputed South China Sea last year, it planted a Chinese flag in the seabed in what some saw as a provocative act.

The South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, is claimed in whole or in part by China and several other nations.

Some concerns also have been raised that deep-sea vessels could have military-related applications such as tapping into or severing communications cables.

Sursa: Defencetalk

Hmm… Carevasăzică, din ăştia-mi sunteţi! Vreţi să furaţi startul în mineritul suptmarin!

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