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China's two top military academies reorganized

(PLA Daily)

16:46, November 04, 2011

Edited and translated by Li Zhenyu, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.4 (People's Daily Online) -- President Hu Jintao and the Central Military Commission (CMC) recently approved the reorganization of the Artillery Academy into the Army Officers College and the Bengbu Tank Institute into the Armored Forces College, according to a PLA Daily report released Nov. 2, 2011.

Chen Bingde, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army showed up at the inaugural meeting of the Army Officers College and had the college inaugurated in Hefei on Wednesday.

The Army Officers College was established in 1978 and the reorganization of this college signifies that it has been upgraded from an army academy to a service college.

Prior to the inaugural meeting of the Army Officers College, Chen attended the inaugural ceremony of the Armored Forces College and presented the college a flag in Bengbu.

The predecessor of the Armored Forces College is the No. 1 Tank School established in 1950. The reorganization of this college is of major importance to improving the educational quality of talent in the armored forces.

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