A ceremony is held for the maiden voyage of China’s home-built polar icebreaker Xuelong II in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese icebreakers set sail for Antarctic rendezvous that will herald ‘new era of polar exploration’

  • ‘Snow Dragons’ Xuelong and Xuelong II leave on China’s 36th Antarctic expedition
  • Mission to resource-rich continent is country’s most ambitious yet
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A ceremony is held for the maiden voyage of China’s home-built polar icebreaker Xuelong II in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Xinhua
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.