China Withdraws 60,000 Border Soldiers to Plant Trees in the Outback

The Chinese government commissioned 60,000 troops to plant trees. Planting is done in an effort to combat pollution and increase forest coverage in the country.

Quoted from The Independent on Wednesday (14/2/2018), a large regiment of the People's Liberation Army was withdrawn from the border to handle non-military duties in the interior.

The Asia Times reports, the majority of soldiers will be sent to Hebei Province that surrounds Beijing. Hebei is known as the area that often became the 'producer' of smoke that enveloped Beijing.

This action is part of China's authority plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometers by the end of 2018. The area is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.

The China Daily Newspaper says the purpose of this planting is to increase the percentage of China's forest from 21 to 23 percent by 2030. By 2035 it is targeted to cover 26 percent of the country's total area.

"Companies, organizations and people specializing in reforestation are welcome to join in the massive reforestation campaign in the country," said China Forestry Administration Chief Zhang Jianlong.

(rna / ita)

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