Christina Lin

China plagued by extreme weather, coronavirus-shaped hailstones, jumping fish

The Middle Kingdom appears to be undergoing Biblical plagues in 2020.

Last week, China was simultaneously hit by floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and even coronavirus shaped hailstones.

Separately, each one of these events would make major headlines on its own. But taken together, they seemed to have entered the supernatural realm and stricken fear into the hearts of the Chinese as they shared their thoughts on social media.

On June 25, during the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing, hailstones the size of eggs and in the shape of coronavirus began pummeling the capital. On the same day, a powerful 6.4 earthquake rocked Xinjiang province.

The previous day on June 24, a large tornado/cyclone hit Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia.

A few days earlier on June 19, fish jumping several feet out of the water were reported in four Chinese provinces from the southwest to the northeast—Yunnan, Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jilin.

Since early June, China has been hit with massive flooding from five rounds of heavy rain, resulting in mudslides, destruction of agricultural lands and crops, and forced evacuation of 774,000 people that also impacted 14 million lives.

In response Chinese authorities have released water from the Three Gorges Dam for flood control, but given its problematic past some experts have warned that the dam is at risk of collapsing.

The dam is located in Hubei province with 400 million people living downstream. Should the dam collapse, the flood will also impact big cities such as Shanghai and Wuhan.

All this is on top of the current Covid-19 pandemic, African swine fever that has killed almost half a billion pigs in China, decimation of agriculture by fall armyworms and potentially by locust swarms entering from India, farmland ravaged by floods, and now the prospect of further food insecurity and famine should the Three Gorges Dam collapse to drown additional cropland.

However, China is not the only country currently plagued by extreme weather.

In America, hailstorms rocked Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico in the same week.

On June 4, right before a large planned Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in Washington DC that weekend, a vicious thunderstorm descended upon the capital with lightning striking the top of the Washington Monument.

The next day on June 5, right before another BLM protest was scheduled for June 6 across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Gate began singing eerily.

Elsewhere in the US, in the face of increasing civil unrest, riots and lawlessness, cities such as Minneapolis are starting to look like war-torn Syria.

Sadly… Minneapolis now looks like a war zone.

פורסם על ידי ‏‎Proud American‎‏ ב- יום ראשון, 7 ביוני 2020

Whether individuals chalk these events up to global warming, bad coincidence, or spiritual warfare, most people agree the world is somehow entering a new era of unrest and instability.

In face of these plagues, pestilence and famine of Biblical proportions, it is interesting to note that Matthew 24:6-8 warns “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nations will rise against nations, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  And these are the beginning of sorrows.”

If this is only the beginning of sorrows, then China and the US need to brace themselves–as things are about to get worse.

About the Author
Dr. Christina Lin is a US-based foreign policy analyst specializing in China-Mediterranean relations. She has extensive US government experience working on national security issues and was a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) research consultant for Jane's Information Group.
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