Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press
On Saturday, soldiers march through Yingxiu, China, the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake. Chinese troops began withdrawing from quake-hit provinces Monday as rescue work shifts to reconstruction. China mobilized 130,000 troops and armed police in the weeks following the earthquake. The first group of 40,000 began pulling out on the orders of President Hu Jintao, who also heads the Central Military Commission. Remaining forces will continue their work in repairing roads, cleaning up and epidemic prevention. The 8.0 earthquake claimed about 70,000 lives.

On Saturday, soldiers march through Yingxiu, China, the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake. Chinese troops began withdrawing from quake-hit provinces Monday as rescue work shifts to reconstruction. China mobilized 130,000 troops and armed police in the weeks following the earthquake. The first group of 40,000 began pulling out on the orders of President Hu Jintao, who also heads the Central Military Commission. Remaining forces will continue their work in repairing roads, cleaning up and epidemic prevention. The 8.0 earthquake claimed about 70,000 lives.