The lab named “Taihu” has been built by the China Ship Scientific Research Center, affiliated to the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The research center aims to build the deep sea sci-tech lab into an advanced laboratory with global influence. By 2025, the lab plans to gather around 4,000 talents to work on such tasks as deep-sea diving, deep-sea communication and navigation, and deep ocean survey.

Over the past decades, China has explored the deep sea. In November 2020, China’s new deep-sea manned submersible Fendouzhe (Striver) set a national record by diving to a depth of 10,909 meters in the Mariana Trench.

Xinhua news release, January 18, 2021