21 Jul '11, 9am

China sub makes first dive to below 4,000m

A Chinese submersible conducted the country's deepest manned dive ever Thursday in the latest milestone for China's deep-sea ambitions as it seeks to exploit the vast resources of the ocean floor. The Jiaolong undersea craft -- named after a mythical sea dragon -- reached 4,027 metres (13,211 feet) below sea level in a test dive in the northeastern Pacific, the State Oceanic Administration said in a statement. "The success of this test dive has laid a solid foundation for completing the mission of diving to 5,000 metres," it said. Chinese technical capabilities have gathered pace in recent decades, exemplified by a fast-growing space programme that in 2003 made China just the third nation to conduct manned space flight. The Jiaolong's range theoretically gives China access to nearly all of the world's deep-sea areas, and state news agency Xinhua quoted the administration's...

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