China has opened a fourth Antarctic research base, boosting the country’s ambition to build itself into a maritime power, the official Xinhua News Agency reported over the weekend, citing a statement from the State Oceanic Administration. Taishan station is 76 degrees 58 minutes east longitude and 73 degrees 51 minutes south latitude on the East Antarctic inland ice sheet at an altitude of 2,621 meters, the report said. Taishan station, which measures 1,000 square meters with its main building 410 square meters, is one of seven international inland research stations on the continent. The site is between Zhongshan and Kunlun stations, also built by the Chinese. President Xi Jinping hailed the opening of the research base, saying that scientific research in Antarctica is important for the exploration of nature and development of mankind, according to the report.
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