A sales manager surnamed Wang at Sanwei, who asked not to be fully identified, told China Daily that he believed the CCTV report exaggerated affairs to some degree.
"It is a particularly opportune moment to examine the feasibility of climate change mitigation in the country and how this fits into a broader context of contemporary global change factors that are strongly influencing China's ecosystems," he said.
The senior designer also said his academy plans to develop a variant of the CH-4 that will be suitable for deployment on plateaus to conduct both military and civilian tasks. He said this plateau model will have a new engine, modified wings and reinforced landing gear.
China's special features are "of great importance both scientifically and societally", said Inder Verma, an academician of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.
"The discoveries will help us better protect the relics," said Zhang Wenrui, head of the institute. "They will also help with archaeological work in Xiongan."