Stephen Chen

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.
Stephen Chen
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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The Chinese state-owned tech company supplying signal-boosting laser amplifiers to the world’s largest financial centres

Report reveals that Wuhan-based Accelink’s gear has been used in West for a decade while its clientele includes Huawei and it enjoys Nokia’s ‘complete trust’.

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Report reveals that Wuhan-based Accelink’s gear has been used in West for a decade while its clientele includes Huawei and it enjoys Nokia’s ‘complete trust’.

The Chinese state-owned tech company supplying signal-boosting laser amplifiers to the world’s largest financial centres
Chinese university becomes first in world to build and test its own hypersonic plane

Xiamen University’s ‘double waverider’ makes its maiden flight in the Gobi, although the ‘game-changing’ technology is usually the preserve of the military.

24 Apr 2019 - 11:34AM

Xiamen University’s ‘double waverider’ makes its maiden flight in the Gobi, although the ‘game-changing’ technology is usually the preserve of the military.

Chinese university becomes first in world to build and test its own hypersonic plane
How China’s scavenger satellites are being used to develop AI weapons, drones and robots

Small probes can latch onto targets such as dead spacecraft in near-Earth orbit – and in a military scenario they could stay attached to avoid being tracked.

23 Apr 2019 - 6:00AM

Small probes can latch onto targets such as dead spacecraft in near-Earth orbit – and in a military scenario they could stay attached to avoid being tracked.

How China’s scavenger satellites are being used to develop AI weapons, drones and robots
Science body VKI reassesses its ties to Chinese developer of ‘Guam Killer’ hypersonic missile

Brussels-based aerospace institute looks deeper into its relationship with state-owned Casic as analysts says cooperation on technology can be complicated by military links.

22 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Brussels-based aerospace institute looks deeper into its relationship with state-owned Casic as analysts says cooperation on technology can be complicated by military links.

Science body VKI reassesses its ties to Chinese developer of ‘Guam Killer’ hypersonic missile
‘We’re seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first true image of a black hole

For the first time, the world is seeing a black hole – not an artist’s impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing.

11 Apr 2019 - 1:56PM

For the first time, the world is seeing a black hole – not an artist’s impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing.

‘We’re seeing the unseeable’: Scientists reveal first true image of a black hole
China’s astronomers helped capture photo of black hole but couldn’t use world’s biggest telescope to do it

Distance no object, but China’s Fast did not have part in cosmic event because it could not properly be tuned in to targets that lie light years away.

9 Apr 2019 - 9:44PM

Distance no object, but China’s Fast did not have part in cosmic event because it could not properly be tuned in to targets that lie light years away.

China’s astronomers helped capture photo of black hole but couldn’t use world’s biggest telescope to do it
No escape? Chinese VIP jail puts AI monitors in every cell ‘to make prison breaks impossible’

Yancheng prison, which is home to high-status inmates such as Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, hopes to use technology to monitor prisoners at all times.

1 Apr 2019 - 8:41AM

Yancheng prison, which is home to high-status inmates such as Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, hopes to use technology to monitor prisoners at all times.

No escape? Chinese VIP jail puts AI monitors in every cell ‘to make prison breaks impossible’
Chinese industrial park where chemical factory blast happened ‘opened in a rush’

Engineer alleges the park was set up without a proper planning process and accuses local authorities of turning a blind eye to the safety risks after taking bribes, official newspaper reports.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:14PM

Engineer alleges the park was set up without a proper planning process and accuses local authorities of turning a blind eye to the safety risks after taking bribes, official newspaper reports.

Chinese industrial park where chemical factory blast happened ‘opened in a rush’
China’s race to test ‘mutation-free’ gene-editing technology on cancer patients

Shanghai-based research group is keen to test its high-precision therapy that reduces risk of unintended mutations.

11 Mar 2019 - 3:22AM

Shanghai-based research group is keen to test its high-precision therapy that reduces risk of unintended mutations.

China’s race to test ‘mutation-free’ gene-editing technology on cancer patients
Chinese physicist hit by US visa delay misses out on collecting prestigious science award

Quantum physicist Pan Jianwei was a no show in Washington on February 14 thanks to a delay in getting his US travel visa

28 Feb 2019 - 7:05PM

Quantum physicist Pan Jianwei was a no show in Washington on February 14 thanks to a delay in getting his US travel visa

Chinese physicist hit by US visa delay misses out on collecting prestigious science award
Is China’s corruption-busting AI system ‘Zero Trust’ being turned off for being too efficient?

Despite being restricted to just 30 counties and cities, artificial intelligence system has already helped snare 8,721 officials.

5 Feb 2019 - 5:18AM

Despite being restricted to just 30 counties and cities, artificial intelligence system has already helped snare 8,721 officials.

Is China’s corruption-busting AI system ‘Zero Trust’ being turned off for being too efficient?
Chinese bank’s software chief jailed after finding way to withdraw US$1m in ‘free’ cash from ATMs
  • Programmer told bosses he was testing its security system and the money he had taken was just resting in his account.
3 Feb 2019 - 10:47PM
  • Programmer told bosses he was testing its security system and the money he had taken was just resting in his account.
Chinese bank’s software chief jailed after finding way to withdraw US$1m in ‘free’ cash from ATMs
Is China’s plan to use a nuclear bomb detonator to release shale gas in earthquake-prone Sichuan crazy or brilliant?

Scientists have developed an ‘energy rod’ that can fire multiple shock waves to frack sedimentary rock at depths of up to 3.5km.

27 Jan 2019 - 11:29PM

Scientists have developed an ‘energy rod’ that can fire multiple shock waves to frack sedimentary rock at depths of up to 3.5km.

Is China’s plan to use a nuclear bomb detonator to release shale gas in earthquake-prone Sichuan crazy or brilliant?
Chinese scientists clone five baby monkeys after editing genes to induce mental illness

The experiment lead to birth of five macaques with identical mutation, raising fresh questions over biomedical ethics. The research is designed to help test drugs that could treat wide range of human conditions, but follows recent controversy over gene-edited human babies.

25 Jan 2019 - 9:30AM

The experiment lead to birth of five macaques with identical mutation, raising fresh questions over biomedical ethics. The research is designed to help test drugs that could treat wide range of human conditions, but follows recent controversy over gene-edited human babies.

Chinese scientists clone five baby monkeys after editing genes to induce mental illness
Chinese school principal breaks the rules with his bold dance move

Video of Zhang Pengfei leading his pupils through an energetic shuffle dance routine has been a hit online, and the school has abandoned the government’s daily exercise programme in favour of ‘ghost steps’.

21 Jan 2019 - 3:57PM

Video of Zhang Pengfei leading his pupils through an energetic shuffle dance routine has been a hit online, and the school has abandoned the government’s daily exercise programme in favour of ‘ghost steps’.

Chinese school principal breaks the rules with his bold dance move
The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city

With the technology being used in New York and elsewhere in the United States, China is exporting its cutting-edge facial recognition across the Pacific.

3 Feb 2019 - 2:02PM

With the technology being used in New York and elsewhere in the United States, China is exporting its cutting-edge facial recognition across the Pacific.

The Chinese technology helping New York police keep a closer eye on the United States’ biggest city
Chinese navy’s new ‘compact’ radar will allow it to keep watch over an area the size of India

News of advanced Over-the-Horizon programme for carrier fleet emerges as senior researcher receives China’s top science award.

9 Jan 2019 - 10:32AM

News of advanced Over-the-Horizon programme for carrier fleet emerges as senior researcher receives China’s top science award.

Chinese navy’s new ‘compact’ radar will allow it to keep watch over an area the size of India
Chang’e 4 landing on far side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US

Lunar probe’s safe arrival a landmark in China’s ambition to become a space power, mission’s chief scientist says.

3 Jan 2019 - 11:32PM

Lunar probe’s safe arrival a landmark in China’s ambition to become a space power, mission’s chief scientist says.

Chang’e 4 landing on far side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US
China’s new antenna is five times the size of New York City, but some fear it could be a cancer risk

Work to build facility was 13 years in the making, but some researchers have expressed concern about exposure to extremely low frequency waves.

1 Jan 2019 - 1:15AM

Work to build facility was 13 years in the making, but some researchers have expressed concern about exposure to extremely low frequency waves.

China’s new antenna is five times the size of New York City, but some fear it could be a cancer risk
Chinese scientist Bu Jianjie under investigation for ‘illegally’ obtaining Canadian citizenship

Bu Jianjie has been kicked out of the Communist Party and is accused of business malpractice, embezzlement and taking bribes.

25 Dec 2018 - 1:52AM

Bu Jianjie has been kicked out of the Communist Party and is accused of business malpractice, embezzlement and taking bribes.

Chinese scientist Bu Jianjie under investigation for ‘illegally’ obtaining Canadian citizenship
Chinese scientists turn copper into ‘gold’

Process in which copper is blasted with argon gas creates particles with similar properties to gold, with the resulting material having the potential to reduce use of precious metals in manufacturing.

22 Dec 2018 - 11:13PM

Process in which copper is blasted with argon gas creates particles with similar properties to gold, with the resulting material having the potential to reduce use of precious metals in manufacturing.

Chinese scientists turn copper into ‘gold’
Is the Chinese military’s off-road sport utility vehicle the toughest on the planet?

PLA’s boxy BJ80 SUV had seven times higher reliability test scores than the Mercedes-Benz that reportedly inspired the Chinese vehicle. The results are ‘almost a miracle’, a researcher says.

20 Dec 2018 - 9:15PM

PLA’s boxy BJ80 SUV had seven times higher reliability test scores than the Mercedes-Benz that reportedly inspired the Chinese vehicle. The results are ‘almost a miracle’, a researcher says.

Is the Chinese military’s off-road sport utility vehicle the toughest on the planet?
China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere

The countries are testing a technology for possible military application, say Chinese scientists involved in the project.

18 Dec 2018 - 2:18PM

The countries are testing a technology for possible military application, say Chinese scientists involved in the project.

China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere
Operation Z machine: China’s next big weapon in the nuclear ‘arms race’ could create clean fuel – or deadly bombs

The Chinese military is building a test facility to simulate thermonuclear explosions on a much greater scale than comparable US centres.

10 Jan 2019 - 9:25AM

The Chinese military is building a test facility to simulate thermonuclear explosions on a much greater scale than comparable US centres.

Operation Z machine: China’s next big weapon in the nuclear ‘arms race’ could create clean fuel – or deadly bombs
Chinese scientists go in search of the soul with world’s most powerful brain scanner

Billion-yuan device set to ‘revolutionise brain studies’ and aid research into Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

9 Dec 2018 - 11:02PM

Billion-yuan device set to ‘revolutionise brain studies’ and aid research into Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Chinese scientists go in search of the soul with world’s most powerful brain scanner
‘We’re in the dark’: Chinese health officials unaware of research on ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’

Authorities say they were not told about the controversial experiment that researchers claim to have carried out in China. The research – to switch off a HIV-related gene – has not been independently verified.

29 Nov 2018 - 12:37PM

Authorities say they were not told about the controversial experiment that researchers claim to have carried out in China. The research – to switch off a HIV-related gene – has not been independently verified.

‘We’re in the dark’: Chinese health officials unaware of research on ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’
Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight

Unmanned South China Sea base could lead to robot colonies.

26 Nov 2018 - 11:30PM

Unmanned South China Sea base could lead to robot colonies.

Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight
China matches Nato in information arms race with deal for ‘Ferrari of war room software’

Chinese government’s deal with software builder allows access to Nato software code.

17 Nov 2018 - 11:14PM

Chinese government’s deal with software builder allows access to Nato software code.

China matches Nato in information arms race with deal for ‘Ferrari of war room software’
China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

Beijing Institute of Technology recruits 31 ‘patriotic’ youngsters for new AI weapons development programme that one expert describes as ‘extremely powerful and troubling’.

8 Nov 2018 - 11:29PM

Beijing Institute of Technology recruits 31 ‘patriotic’ youngsters for new AI weapons development programme that one expert describes as ‘extremely powerful and troubling’.

China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’
Britain to sell China ‘unlimited’ amount of military radar equipment, technology
  • Special export licence approved in April, just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Beijing.
1 Nov 2018 - 5:56PM
  • Special export licence approved in April, just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Beijing.
Britain to sell China ‘unlimited’ amount of military radar equipment, technology