China has decided to participate in this project, jointly funded, built and run by over 10 countries and located at several sites in Western Australia and Southern Africa. The construction of the SKA is scheduled to begin in July 2021. The first phase of the SKA, accounting for 10 percent of its full scale, will be put into use in 2028. Scientists will use the super telescope to study the evolution of the universe, understand the nature of gravity, explore the origins of life and the origins of cosmic magnetic fields, as well as search for extraterrestrial civilization.

Xinhua news release, April 29, 2021