Chinese submersible to try 7,000-meter dive

March 4th, 2012 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 4 (IANS) China’s manned submersible will try a 7,000-meter dive in the Pacific Ocean between June and July this year, an official said Sunday.

Preparatory work for the dive is now going on smoothly, Liu Cigui, director of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), said Sunday.

The submersible had earlier succeeded in diving 5,188 meters below the waters in the Pacific Ocean last year, enabling China to conduct scientific surveys of the seabed.

The country will continue to proceed with oceanic surveys and environmental investigations and push forward legislation on oceans this year, Liu told Xinhua.

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