China first domestically made icebreaker

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China has officially made its first polar icebreaker which will start its voyage to the Antarctic from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday.

Xue Long 2 will set sail on the country’s 36th Antarctic expedition, which will have a 413-member team aiming to grasp the influence of Antarctic changes on the world, improve China’s ability to cope with climate change and increase participation in Antarctic global governance, said Qin Weijia, director of the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, at a press conference held in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong Province.

Another icebreaker named Xue Long will also join the expedition, making it the first time that two polar icebreakers work together on China’s Antarctic expedition.