Huge #Gazprom deal pipes gas from Russia to China – an annotated infographic

China and Russia have signed a long awaited contract for Gazprom to supply natural gas to China. The contract, worth £237bn, will see Russia’s energy giant Gazprom delivering natural gas to China’s National Petroleum Corporation, enabling the east-Asian superpower to facilitate the shift away from coal towards greener energy resources in a bid to address intensifying environmental issues. The deal, vital for Russia seeking diversification of its customer base as the European Union has pledged to decrease its dependence on Russian resources in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, includes construction of a new pipeline linking Siberian gas fields … Continue reading Huge #Gazprom deal pipes gas from Russia to China – an annotated infographic

China to deploy nuclear missiles on submarines – an annotated infographic

One can always rely on the Chinese for coming up with new and alarming ways to further elevate the global nuclear threat. Their latest wheeze is to deploy nuclear missiles on its submarines. Reportedly close to deploying a credible sea-based nuclear deterrent, patrols are expected to start in the Pacific this year using Jin-class submarines armed with long-range JL-2 missiles. In the sage words of Homer J. Simpson, ka-blammo! Quite who they’re hopig to deter in this way is not entirely clear. Killer whales? Armies of enraged mutant Krakens? Japanese fishermen? Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China to deploy nuclear missiles on submarines – an annotated infographic

China planning to build the world’s longest undersea tunnel – an annotated graphic

Chinese claustrophobics beware: your nation state is considering building a tunnel 123km long, 90km of which will be underwater. We’re feeling a bit queasy already. This will be the longest undersea tunnel in the world, trumping Japan’s 54km Seikan Tunnel (23km undersea) and the 51km Channel Tunnel (38km undersea). What else is China going to do with $36 billion, eh? As ever with these things, it’s all about cutting travel time. The plan is to link the port cities of  Dalian and Yantai, each of which sits on opposite sides of the Bohai Strait. Kind of annoying should you ever … Continue reading China planning to build the world’s longest undersea tunnel – an annotated graphic

China to send Jade Rabbit to the moon, reveals plans for first space station – an annotated graphic

Moon, your lonely days are over. It’s been 37 years since anything landed on our tidal companion’s surface, but on December 1st China will launch Chang’e-3, a six-wheeled rover which will ultimately spend three months roving around the surface of the moon, scanning the lunar surface to depths of 100m. Nicknamed Yutu, or Jade Rabbit – after the mythological pet of lunar goddess Chang’e, no less – the rover is due to land in a plain of basaltic lava at a more northerly point than previous US or USSR lunar landings, thus exploring lesser-known areas of the moon. Click on … Continue reading China to send Jade Rabbit to the moon, reveals plans for first space station – an annotated graphic

China’s Shenzhou-10 mission sends astronauts to Tiangong-1 space lab – an annotated graphic

China’s latest manned space flight blasted off from the Gobi desert this morning, carrying three astronauts on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft launched from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province in China’s far west at 5:38pm (9.38am GMT), after the launch was announced by Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China’s manned space programme at a televised briefing yesterday. E&T news covered China’s latest space adventures in detail earlier today. We keep a close eye on all space activity, including the latest from Japan on the innovative launch vehicle that the Japan Aerospace … Continue reading China’s Shenzhou-10 mission sends astronauts to Tiangong-1 space lab – an annotated graphic

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge: China opens the world’s longest sea bridge – an annotated graphic

China has opened the longest cross-sea bridge in the world. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is 42.5km long and links the eastern port city of Qingdao with its Huangdao suburb and Hongdao Island on the other side of the bay. This helpful graphic compares this new behemoth bridge to previous record holders. Click on the graphic for a larger view. Continue reading Jiaozhou Bay Bridge: China opens the world’s longest sea bridge – an annotated graphic