The Zhangheng-1, a Chinese electromagnetic surveillance satellite, collects data from orbit with cutting-edge sensors. Photo: Handout

China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere

  • The countries are testing a technology for possible military application, say Chinese scientists involved in the project
  • Militaries have been in a race to control the ionosphere, which allows radio signals to bounce long distances for communication, for decades
Topic |   China science

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The Zhangheng-1, a Chinese electromagnetic surveillance satellite, collects data from orbit with cutting-edge sensors. Photo: Handout
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.