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March 06, 1985

The Chinese army will retire 47,000 aging officers in the next two years as part of a program to modernize and reduce its staff, the New China News Agency said. Most of those to be retired are veterans of the 1937-45 war against Japan and the Chinese civil war and have the rank of colonel or below. Peking is trying to make the military more professional and less of an ideological organization.

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