China threatens India with a weather modification system that can cover 1.5 times the area of ​​whole India

China’s State Council has announced plans to expand the weather modification system that would allow it to control weather conditions. The system would cover a total area of ​​5.5 million square kilometers for artificial rainfall, about 1.5 times the size of India.

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The State Council further stated that hail suppression would extend beyond 580,000 square kilometers. The system is expected to be fully developed by 2025.

Weather modification will reach a global advanced level in terms of operation, technologies and services by 2035, the State Council said.

Analysts believe that in conflict zones with harsh temperatures, such a system could prove to be a weapon giving an advantage in navigating harsh weather conditions and difficult terrain for troop movement.

India and China have been embroiled in a border dispute in eastern Ladakh for seven months, and their troops are now preparing for a long and harsh winter in the western Himalayas.

China has been researching such a system for years, as it would help in areas such as estimating disasters such as drought and hail, and related zoning work in agricultural production areas and other disaster situations. emergencies such as forest or grassland fires, and unusually high temperatures or droughts. .

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In 2008, organizers of the Beijing Olympics fired more than 1,000 rockets into the sky to sow clouds to bring rain a day before the opening ceremony and ensure a precipitation-free event. China uses this weather modification before big days in the country.

Cloud seeding is not new and has been used in different countries for decades. It works by injecting small amounts of iodide and chloride salts of silver using rockets or special planes which bring in water vapor with lots of humidity, then it condenses into water droplets. water causing precipitation.

Such weather changes may also affect the weather of other nations. “The emergence of ambitious geoengineering technologies could heighten tensions and even hostility between nations like India and China. Without regulation, the efforts of one country could affect other countries,” declared Dhanasree Jayaram, Assistant Professor, Center for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

“While China has yet to show signs of ‘one-sided’ deployment of geo-engineering projects on the ground, the scale of its climate change and other massive engineering projects, including mega-dams (such as the Three Gorges), suggests that China is ready to deploy large-scale geo-engineering projects to combat the impacts of climate change and meet its Paris targets,” she wrote. .

China’s strong arm tactic

While India and China share the flow of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangpo as the river is known in Tibet), the latter refused to share river data, crucial for issuing early warnings, during the standoff Doklam of 2017. This had raised fears of flooding in Assam.

Jayaram explained that such a weather modification system would “unpredictably affect local and transboundary ecosystems, precipitation patterns, and even long-term regional climate. These variables could increase the importance of information and data sharing (transparency) which is sometimes held hostage by geopolitical dynamics, as was the case during the 2017 Doklam military standoff between India and China. , when for “technical” reasons, the latter does not share the water flow data with the former.

National Taiwan University researchers said in a paper that the absence of checks and balances to facilitate the implementation of potentially controversial projects could lead to situations such as “rain theft” between neighboring countries.