The harsh conditions in the South China Sea pose a serious challenge to China’s military. Photo: Reuters

Can a new graphene coating save the Chinese military from rusting away in the South China Sea?

  • Researchers are working on a new anti-corrosion material to protect weapons and buildings on artificial islands in the disputed waters
  • Harsh conditions mean guns and buildings are corroding much faster than experts expected
Topic |   China science

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The harsh conditions in the South China Sea pose a serious challenge to China’s military. Photo: Reuters
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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.