‘Weaponized Weather’: Chinese Communist Party Expands Weather Modification Program To Area Larger Than India


The Chinese Communist Party has expanded its weather modification program to cover an are more than one and a half times the size of India, coupled with a fivefold personnel increase. 

In early December, the Chinese government revealed it wanted to “extend the artificial rain and snow program to cover at least 2.1m sq miles (5.5m sq km) of land by 2025..”

“The long-term plan envisages that by 2035, the country’s weather modification capabilities would reach an “advanced” level and focus on revitalising rural regions, restoring ecosystems and minimising losses from natural disasters,” a summary of the Chinese Communist Party’s goals continued.

Prior to this expansion, China has deployed weather control tactics to preserve farming areas and clear skies ahead of events including the 2008 Beijing Olympics and political meetings at the Chinese capital.

China has dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to the program, forcing many to believe it is “weaponizing” the weather against adversaries and altering rain patterns to hurt the economy and agriculture sectors of other countries.


Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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