Autonomous robotic submarines are expected to be deployed by China in the early 2020s. Graphic: Henry Wong

China military develops robotic submarines to launch a new era of sea power

Unmanned AI subs, expected in the 2020s, could challenge the advantage Western naval powers have in strategic waters like the South China Sea

Topic |   China science

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Autonomous robotic submarines are expected to be deployed by China in the early 2020s. Graphic: Henry Wong
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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.