Stephen Chen

Beijing

Stephen Chen

Senior Reporter, China

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.

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China test fires ‘world’s largest, most hi-tech solid-fuel rocket engine’

Cutting-edge engine can generate 500 tonnes of thrust, and an even larger version with double the thrust is being developed, China’s top space contractor says.

Cutting-edge engine can generate 500 tonnes of thrust, and an even larger version with double the thrust is being developed, China’s top space contractor says.

China test fires ‘world’s largest, most hi-tech solid-fuel rocket engine’
20 Oct 2021 - 12:50AM
China’s military tests nurses in nighttime island landing simulation

More than 300 nurses took part in training on a boat simulator, administering intravenous medication in near-complete darkness with waves of 2 metres.

More than 300 nurses took part in training on a boat simulator, administering intravenous medication in near-complete darkness with waves of 2 metres.

China’s military tests nurses in nighttime island landing simulation
19 Oct 2021 - 9:09AM
Wheels fit for a king? Chinese archaeologists bring elaborate Bronze Age chariot back to life

Researchers found that the giant vehicle would have been covered in bronze and decorated with thousands of gemstones.

Researchers found that the giant vehicle would have been covered in bronze and decorated with thousands of gemstones.

Wheels fit for a king? Chinese archaeologists bring elaborate Bronze Age chariot back to life
17 Oct 2021 - 9:25PM
China military researchers pinpoint AI for hypersonic weapons accuracy

PLA scientists say artificial intelligence could write flight algorithm within seconds and be 10 times more accurate.

PLA scientists say artificial intelligence could write flight algorithm within seconds and be 10 times more accurate.

China military researchers pinpoint AI for hypersonic weapons accuracy
14 Oct 2021 - 6:00AM
Chinese scientists dive into South China Sea’s dangerous internal waves

Researchers say they have tested a device that better detect underwater hazards.

Researchers say they have tested a device that better detect underwater hazards.

Chinese scientists dive into South China Sea’s dangerous internal waves
12 Oct 2021 - 12:20PM
Is there a dark side to China’s high-speed rail network?

Researchers say bullet trains could mean lower economic activity in some western parts of the country.

Researchers say bullet trains could mean lower economic activity in some western parts of the country.

Is there a dark side to China’s high-speed rail network?
11 Oct 2021 - 12:48AM
China’s population could halve within the next 45 years, new study warns

Researchers say previous estimates may have severely underestimated the pace of demographic decline.

Researchers say previous estimates may have severely underestimated the pace of demographic decline.

China’s population could halve within the next 45 years, new study warns
1 Oct 2021 - 9:41PM
China’s ‘artificial sun’ tipped to provide electricity in 10 years if Beijing backs it

China Fusion Engineering Testing Reactor has been designed and a testing facility built – but it awaits government green light.

China Fusion Engineering Testing Reactor has been designed and a testing facility built – but it awaits government green light.

China’s ‘artificial sun’ tipped to provide electricity in 10 years if Beijing backs it
29 Sep 2021 - 4:22PM
Could a million small asteroids be on a collision course with Earth?

Chinese researchers say hundreds of thousands of the space objects may be heading our way over the next century.

Chinese researchers say hundreds of thousands of the space objects may be heading our way over the next century.

Could a million small asteroids be on a collision course with Earth?
28 Sep 2021 - 8:56AM
Chinese scientists eye hypersonic weapon able to ‘fry’ telecoms systems in 10 seconds

Intense electromagnetic waves produced upon explosion of the proposed weapon would ‘burn out’ key electronic devices within a 2km target range.

Intense electromagnetic waves produced upon explosion of the proposed weapon would ‘burn out’ key electronic devices within a 2km target range.

Chinese scientists eye hypersonic weapon able to ‘fry’ telecoms systems in 10 seconds
27 Sep 2021 - 7:42AM
Study of sediment finds climate cycles may have caused the rise and fall of Tibetan dynasty

Tubo empire peaked in the late 8th century but nearly a century of extremely dry climate followed and it fell because of warring tribes and kingdoms.

Tubo empire peaked in the late 8th century but nearly a century of extremely dry climate followed and it fell because of warring tribes and kingdoms.

Study of sediment finds climate cycles may have caused the rise and fall of Tibetan dynasty
26 Sep 2021 - 8:43PM
Chinese engineers say they have found flaws in the latest US combat drone

Analysis suggests it prioritises weapons and fuel at the expense of manoeuvrability, after warnings that drones may pose a severe threat to China in a conflict.

Analysis suggests it prioritises weapons and fuel at the expense of manoeuvrability, after warnings that drones may pose a severe threat to China in a conflict.

Chinese engineers say they have found flaws in the latest US combat drone
22 Sep 2021 - 5:40PM
Chinese scientists eye hypersonic drone flight on Mars

Space aircraft may still be 30 years away but would solve the issue of long-distance travel on the red planet, says school of astronautics professor.

Space aircraft may still be 30 years away but would solve the issue of long-distance travel on the red planet, says school of astronautics professor.

Chinese scientists eye hypersonic drone flight on Mars
14 Sep 2021 - 11:00PM
China opens first plant that will turn nuclear waste into glass for safer storage

The site in Sichuan province will help the country deal with growing quantities of radioactive material as it steps up its use of nuclear power.

The site in Sichuan province will help the country deal with growing quantities of radioactive material as it steps up its use of nuclear power.

China opens first plant that will turn nuclear waste into glass for safer storage
12 Sep 2021 - 11:00PM
Chinese researchers aim to make a small splash for robots sent to mine the bottom of the ocean

Robots are perfecting their diving skills in preparation for the serious business of tapping into mineral resources in the seabed.

Robots are perfecting their diving skills in preparation for the serious business of tapping into mineral resources in the seabed.

Chinese researchers aim to make a small splash for robots sent to mine the bottom of the ocean
13 Sep 2021 - 9:52PM
The ‘air breathing’ tech that China hopes can fuel a new generation of satellites

Chinese space authorities have devoted considerable resources to developing the technology but problems persist.

Chinese space authorities have devoted considerable resources to developing the technology but problems persist.

The ‘air breathing’ tech that China hopes can fuel a new generation of satellites
9 Sep 2021 - 12:06PM
Chinese air force may have cracked how to land a hypersonic drone

Flight control computers cannot calculate a descent quickly enough at Mach 5, but Chinese researchers say they have rethought the software to work around it.

Flight control computers cannot calculate a descent quickly enough at Mach 5, but Chinese researchers say they have rethought the software to work around it.

Chinese air force may have cracked how to land a hypersonic drone
7 Sep 2021 - 1:32PM
Chinese team says quantum physics project moves radar closer to detecting stealth aircraft

Quantum particles in a man-made electromagnetic storm bounced back after hitting stealth object, increasing chance of detection, according to Tsinghua University team.

Quantum particles in a man-made electromagnetic storm bounced back after hitting stealth object, increasing chance of detection, according to Tsinghua University team.

Chinese team says quantum physics project moves radar closer to detecting stealth aircraft
3 Sep 2021 - 10:31AM
Scientists in China ‘struggle to get instruments because of US export controls’

By December, the number of trade items on the US control list had grown to over 4,500 – including nearly 1,900 scientific instruments.

By December, the number of trade items on the US control list had grown to over 4,500 – including nearly 1,900 scientific instruments.

Scientists in China ‘struggle to get instruments because of US export controls’
31 Aug 2021 - 11:26PM
Chinese stem cell treatment that ‘helped woman in wheelchair walk again’ could offer hope to other spinal cord patients, says study

Some paralysed patients were able to walk again while others were able to move their limbs and regained some sensation in their limbs.

Some paralysed patients were able to walk again while others were able to move their limbs and regained some sensation in their limbs.

Chinese stem cell treatment that ‘helped woman in wheelchair walk again’ could offer hope to other spinal cord patients, says study
29 Aug 2021 - 10:19PM
Did Chinese scientists just bring down an unmanned plane with an electromagnetic pulse weapon?

China is trying to catch up after the US brought down 50 drones in a single blast in an experiment two years ago.

China is trying to catch up after the US brought down 50 drones in a single blast in an experiment two years ago.

Did Chinese scientists just bring down an unmanned plane with an electromagnetic pulse weapon?
26 Aug 2021 - 12:42PM
How Chinese military science is looking to nature to design war games

Researchers are trying to develop systems that are open-ended rather than closed off from the wider world.

Researchers are trying to develop systems that are open-ended rather than closed off from the wider world.

How Chinese military science is looking to nature to design war games
24 Aug 2021 - 2:00PM
The Chinese ghost town with a brighter stargazing future

Lenghu on the Tibetan Plateau was abandoned when the oil ran out in the 1960s.

Lenghu on the Tibetan Plateau was abandoned when the oil ran out in the 1960s.

The Chinese ghost town with a brighter stargazing future
22 Aug 2021 - 9:45PM
China tests superfast aircraft-tracking satellite that could prevent another MH370 tragedy

Beihang Kongshi 1 satellite can update an aircraft’s status about twice as fast as US technology. It could allow airlines to locate planes from space.

Beihang Kongshi 1 satellite can update an aircraft’s status about twice as fast as US technology. It could allow airlines to locate planes from space.

China tests superfast aircraft-tracking satellite that could prevent another MH370 tragedy
21 Aug 2021 - 6:20AM
Could this site in central China have produced the world’s oldest coins?

Archaeologists unearth a mint in Henan province that may have been making money almost a century before the first known site in modern Turkey.

Archaeologists unearth a mint in Henan province that may have been making money almost a century before the first known site in modern Turkey.

Could this site in central China have produced the world’s oldest coins?
25 Aug 2021 - 8:57PM
China aims to use space-based solar energy station to harvest sun’s rays to help meet power needs

Civilian and military researchers will look at applications for the technology amid concerns about radiation and the potential for beams misfired from space.

Civilian and military researchers will look at applications for the technology amid concerns about radiation and the potential for beams misfired from space.

China aims to use space-based solar energy station to harvest sun’s rays to help meet power needs
17 Aug 2021 - 12:11PM
Coronavirus: US scientists suggest another animal link in tests on deer samples

The discovery could ‘provide baseline information for surveyed populations prior to pathogen emergence’, say scientists.

The discovery could ‘provide baseline information for surveyed populations prior to pathogen emergence’, say scientists.

Coronavirus: US scientists suggest another animal link in tests on deer samples
16 Aug 2021 - 4:38AM
Chinese scientists say their model can predict dangerous ‘internal waves’ in Andaman Sea

Internal waves are so strong they can sink submarines, and the study findings could help to improve safety and combat capabilities.

Internal waves are so strong they can sink submarines, and the study findings could help to improve safety and combat capabilities.

Chinese scientists say their model can predict dangerous ‘internal waves’ in Andaman Sea
12 Aug 2021 - 10:01PM
Chinese researchers spy blind spots in US hypersonic ‘tracking layer’ ambitions

Team at PLA-affiliated institute says new American system would be an upgrade but network would need to be on bigger scale.

Team at PLA-affiliated institute says new American system would be an upgrade but network would need to be on bigger scale.

Chinese researchers spy blind spots in US hypersonic ‘tracking layer’ ambitions
10 Aug 2021 - 2:37AM
Chinese scientists find evidence of most powerful asteroid strike humans ever experienced

The impact crater uncovered in Heilongjiang may have been created by a blast then is comparable to the largest nuclear devices ever detonated.

The impact crater uncovered in Heilongjiang may have been created by a blast then is comparable to the largest nuclear devices ever detonated.

Chinese scientists find evidence of most powerful asteroid strike humans ever experienced
10 Aug 2021 - 9:13AM