China plans to build a massive underwater monitoring system that will cover the disputed East and South China seas, according to a 29 May report by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper.
The central government in Beijing recently approved the CNY2 billion (USD293 million) system, which would take five years to develop and implement, the paper quoted state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) as reporting.
Multiple seabed observation systems are expected to provide real-time information about the environmental conditions and seabed activities, said the paper, adding that a data centre will be built in Shanghai to monitor and store the chemical, biological, and geological information collected from this system.
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