The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) plans to radically expand its experimental climate manipulation project by impacting an area of 2.1 million square miles, equivalent to one and a half times India’s size.

By 2025, the CCP hopes to have a “developed system of climate modification,” according to a statement issued by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

According to the CCP narrative, the project aims at disaster relief, agricultural production, large-scale emergency response to forest and grassland fires, and temperature manipulation.

As the statement points out, over the next five years, the area covered with artificially produced rain or snow will reach 3.42 million square miles, while more than 224,000 square miles will be subjected to hail suppression through the use of the technology.

Since the time of the communist dictator Mao Zedong, the CCP has sought ways to control nature’s conditions and subject them to its benefit.

In the 1950s, under the idea of modernizing China’s agricultural system, as part of the political campaign called the great leap forward, hundreds of millions of sparrows were exterminated because they ate the grain. This led to an ecological imbalance that gave rise to a massive increase in locusts that devastated the cultivated wheat fields.

As a result, Chinese people had no food to feed their families—leading to the death of some 45 million people from starvation. Some estimates are as high as 78 million.

Regarding the ambitious project announced to control the climate in the next four years, researchers from the National Taiwan University last year indicated in a research article that “the lack of proper coordination of climate modification activity (could) lead to charges of ‘rain theft’ between neighboring regions,” both in China and in countries of the region.

The paper also questions the total lack of a “system of checks and balances to facilitate the implementation of potentially controversial projects.”

India and China have historically been caught up in a dispute along their shared border in the Himalayas and fought vehemently over it. The contentious relationship raises the Indian government’s suspicions about the climate modification project and its possible military use, rather than national objectives.

As National File notes, Indian military leaders suggest that China’s climate modification capabilities could give that country the upper hand in a future conflict because of the importance of terrain conditions for troop movements in the mountainous, hilly region.