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Beijing hopes to control everything _ even the weather _ for coming Olympics

Beijing hopes to control everything _ even the weather _ for coming Olympics

As they prepare to host the Olympics _ an event whose very purpose is to push the limits of human beings _ the Chinese are trying to do what man never has: Control the weather.
With five months to go before the Summer Games come to Beijing, Chinese scientists say they are confident they can keep rain away from the opening ceremony, or summon a storm on cue to clear the city's choking pollution.
It's a bold _ and, according to international scientists, dubious _ bit of stage managing, even for a nation that has already shown an outsize ambition to use the Olympics to showcase its development from rural poverty to economic powerhouse.
China is spending US$40 billion (


Updated : 2021-05-15 00:32 GMT+08:00