China to build research station on Svalbard Islands
China’s first Arctic Research Station will be located in Longyearbyen, capital of Norway’s Svalbard Islands.
The “People’s Daily” says China will build the first scientific survey station this summer near the North Pole, so that its scientists can be stationed there year-round, conducting in-depth research related to the Arctic.
China previously built a temporary research base on the Svalbard Islands. However, the new station will serve as a three-year monitoring and telecommunications station for Chinese scientists involved in research on the environment, climate, glaciers and biology in the Arctic region.
In 2001, the Chinese held a solemn flag-raising ceremony at the site of the planned station to the tune of “March of the Volunteers,” China’s national anthem.