China building its third research station in Antarctica

November 14th, 2007 - 8:38 am ICT by admin  
Almost 200 construction workers are heading for the southern continent, the BBC quoted China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, as saying.

The Chinese will build facilities, including a space observatory, a radar station and a sewage discharge system.

Mineral mining is banned in Antarctica, but analysts say this is not stopping countries from jockeying for position.

Countries have until May 2009 to ask the United Nations to consider their right to the seabed.

Quoting unnamed sources, Xinhua said the building project was aimed at meeting the demands of scientific research and environmental conservation.

It would take up 3,880sq metres and be completed in two to three years, according to the news agency.

Last month Chile and the UK renewed their claims to sovereignty over tracts of the frozen continent.

Argentina has also said it intends to present a claim to the UN.

Competition for territorial and economic rights has heated up as melting polar ice caps have introduced the possibility of exploiting the previously inaccessible seabed. (ANI)

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