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60,000 Chinese Soldiers Are Going To Plant Trees To Fight Pollution

By Aimee Lutkin

In 2015, Beijing announced a serious reduction in military personnel. At the time, the South China Morning Post reported that 300,000 soldiers were going to lose their jobs, and more than half of those would be higher ranking officers. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) was supposedly restructuring to modernize and reduce redundancies—for example, asking for pilots for the land forces to join the navy or air force. 

A number of soldiers were given civilian posts, some were encouraged to retire early, and some were dismissed with a compensation package. The whole process was set to finish in 2017. Now in 2018, China has diverted even more of its army to civilian work. The Independent reports that 60,000 soldiers are being sent inland to battle one of the world's enemies: climate change.