China to build its first inland Antarctic research station in 2009

ChinaShanghai, Apr 21: China will complete the construction of its first inland Antarctic research station at the highest peak in the region next year.

"The preparatory work for the new station is underway," Sun Bo, leader of the Chinese Antarctic icecap expedition team, told the official Xinhua news agency.

The new research station will be China's third station in Antarctica after the Changcheng Station and Zhongshan Station.

The 17-member team has just came back from their 24th expedition, completing 46 scientific studies and 11 logistic programs.

Chinese frigate for Pakistan launched from Shanghai

China launched the first of four F-22P frigatesShanghai, Apr 7: China launched the first of four F-22P frigates that it built for the Pakistani Navy under a 600 million US dollar deal, which was signed in April 2005, from a shipyard here.

Prior to the launch, the Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir, said the frigates would form a very important component of Pakistan's surface fleet.

He also said that the deal would help in increasing the Pakistan's capabilities in shipbuilding and also the Karachi shipyard's capabilities in managing the construction of a large warship.

China unveils its own jet

Shanghai, Dec. 22 : China’s first home grown regional jet, the ARJ21-700, rolled off the production line on Friday, marking a milestone in its civil aviation program.

Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan attended the roll-out ceremony at Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory.

ARJ21 - an acronym for "Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century" - marks the first step in China's ambitious plan for its civil aircraft manufacturing industry, reports The China Daily.

Programs of developing larger planes and advanced helicopters will follow it, Qin Fuguang, an official with the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, was quoted as telling reporters.

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