China sensors have military implication, experts say

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — Chinese scientists have been placing acoustic sensors deep in the Pacific Ocean in what they claim is research into marine dynamics, carbon cycles at great depths and biochemical processes — although analysts have warned that the program also has military applications.

Scientists from a number of Chinese universities are taking part in the research, according to reports in the state-run People’s Daily newspaper, which involves laying a series of listening devices on the seabed in the Marianas Trench, off the coast of Guam.

China has become increasingly expansionist in recent years . . .

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