China has launched massive construction projects on some islands and reefs in disputed waters of the South China Sea, but these remote outposts are unsustainable unless the country finds a reliable way to supply them with large amounts of fresh water. Credit: The Armed Forces of the Philippines

China’s desalination system may ‘tip the balance’ in South China Sea land disputes, scientists say

Research team says compact new device only needs low levels of heat and energy, making it suitable for use on remote islands and reclaimed land masses

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China has launched massive construction projects on some islands and reefs in disputed waters of the South China Sea, but these remote outposts are unsustainable unless the country finds a reliable way to supply them with large amounts of fresh water. Credit: The Armed Forces of the Philippines
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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.