"China is planning an underwater sea base, a latter-day 'Atlantis' that runs on artificial intelligence that could aid Beijing in defense operations in the South China Sea, according to a recent press report.
The South China Morning Post reported Monday China is building the center that could become the 'first artificial intelligence colony on Earth.'
The project is named after the ancient Greek underworld of Hades and was launched at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping may be behind the project. In April, during a visit to a deep-sea research institute at Sanya, Hainan Province, Xi told scientists to do something never done before.
'There is no road in the deep sea, we do not need to chase [after other countries], we are the road,' he had said, according to the Post.
The project includes underwater docking platforms and robot submarines to survey seabed. Communication and power cables will connect the base to a ship or power platform.
China could operate the complex from the Manila Trench, in the South China Sea, a highly disputed body of water where Beijing has built and militarized artificial islands.
China also wants to built 20 floating nuclear power plants in the South China Sea by 2020 -- a potential violation of international law."
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