Guangdong becomes focus as China races the US to build bigger particle accelerators
Scientist says the competition between the two countries will ultimately be for the good of the human race.
Scientists in southern China are planning to create machines that will be used to unravel the mysteries of the building blocks of the universe.
They said two ring-shaped electron-ion colliders – one 2km (1.2 miles) long – will be built in Huizhou, a city in Guangdong province, beginning in 2025 and they will be designed to accelerate electrons to close to the speed of light.
The project – known as the Electron-Ion Collider of China, or EICC – will see electrons being fired at the nuclei of heavy elements such as iron or uranium at high speeds.