China looks into deep sea mining in PNG waters

Oceanographic research ship "Zhang Jian" berths at Luchao Port, east China's Shanghai Municipality, July 11, 2016. The ship left Luchao Port on July 12 for its first voyage to Papua New Guinea and its nearby seas for a research expedition. The ship is 97 meters long and 17.8 meters wide, with a displacement of about 4,800 tons and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The cruising radius of the ship is 15,000 nautical miles, with a carrying capacity of 60 people.

Chinese Oceanographic research ship “Zhang Jian”

Radio New Zealand | July 14, 2016

The Chinese deep-sea explorer ship, Zhang Jian, has set sail from Shanghai to the New Britain Trench in Papua New Guinea.

The state-run news agency, Xinhua, says scientists aboard the ship will study the terrain, water and sediment in the 8,000 metre-deep trench, which is believed to be rich in resources.

The ship’s departure follows the visit of Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, to China last weekend, where he signed agreements for direct flights and to encourage investment.

Also on Sunday, Peter O’Neill announced that his country supported China’s claim to most of the disputed South China Sea.

The announcement came days before an international tribunal ruled there was no legal basis for China’s claims, which clash with those of several other southeast Asian countries.

Mr O’Neill’s statement highlighted a change in position for PNG, as his foreign minister, Rimbink Pato, last month told RNZ International that PNG supported the international tribunal.

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2 responses to “China looks into deep sea mining in PNG waters

  1. Why come to PNG for this ?? Whats wrong with destroying your own underwater resources first??

  2. Pingback: Experimental seabed mining a threat in at least ten PNG Provinces | Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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