The experiment was conducted at the Experimental ­Advanced Superconducting ­Tokamak facility in Hefei, in the southeast province of Anhui on Monday. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

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The experiment was conducted at the Experimental ­Advanced Superconducting ­Tokamak facility in Hefei, in the southeast province of Anhui on Monday. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Stephen Chen

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.