The Chinese Army have been deployed on a new mission; an environmental one.
Over 60,000 Chinese Army troops have been sent on a reforestation project. The intent is to reverse some of the damage which has been done to the environment in recent years.
It has been reported that the police force have also been drafted in to assist the People’s Liberation Army in repopulating decimated forests in what is one of the biggest, non-military assignments the country has ever seen.
According to The Independent:
“The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city.
It comes as part of China’s plan to plant at least 84,000 square kilometres (32,400 square miles) of trees by the end of the year, which is roughly equivalent to the size of Ireland.
The aim is to increase the country’s forest coverage from 21 per cent of its total landmass to 23 per cent by 2020, the China Daily newspaper reported.”
This move is the latest in a spate of recent reforestation projects. In July 2017 a massive drive took place in India, which saw 66 million trees planted in only 12 hours. An additional project occurred in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region; one which was dubbed ‘a billion tree tsunami’.