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China History Timeline

1949 - 1965

  • (1949) Mao Zedong, Communist Party leader, established Communist People's Republic of China
  • (1949) Nationalists sent up government on island of Taiwan
  • (1950) During Korean War, China helped North Korea
  • (1950) Tibet became part of People's Republic of China
  • (1958 - 1961) "Great Leap Forward" five year economic plan was introduced, included collectivised farming, labor-intensive industry. Plan failed and millions died of starvation
  • (1959) Revolt in Tibet suppressed by Chinese forces
  • (1959) Liu Shaoqi named president
  • (1959) Oil reserves discovered in northern basin of Songhua, Liao Rivers, ending dependence on Soviet's supplies
  • (1961) China used first nuclear reactor
  • (1962) Border dispute with India over Himalayan border resulted in brief conflict
  • (1964) China detonated first atomic bomb
  • (1965) Tibet became autonomous region of China
1966 - 1990
  • (1966 - 1976) Mao's "Cultural Revolution" - campaign to revive revolutionary spirit resulted in massive social, political, economic upheaval, over one million people were killed or committed suicide
  • (1968) President Liu Shaoqi ousted
  • (1970) People's Republic of China accepted into membership by UN General Assembly
  • (1972) U.S. President, Richard Nixon, visited China
  • (1974) Terracotta Warriors found on east side of tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang
  • (1975) Typhoon caused enormous rain storms, 62 dams failed in one night, including two major dams, over 200,000 killed
  • (1976) Mao Tse-Tung died. "Gang of Four", Mao's widow, three associates arrested and convicted of crimes against the state
  • (1976) Tangshan Earthquake killed between 240,000 to 255,000, city was devastated
  • (1977) Deng Ziaoping named vice-premier, led far-reaching economic reforms
  • (1978) Chinese "boat people" who had left or been expelled from Vietnam, died after drifting at sea for weeks
  • (1979) Diplomatic relations with U.S. established
  • (1979) Family planning policy limiting families to one child enacted to help curb population growth
  • (1984) Communist Party announced economic reforms: lifting of government price subsidies, relaxing of party control over businesses
  • (1986) 500,000 Chinese students gathered in People's Square in Shanghai, called for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press
  • (1986 - 1990) "Open Door Policy" encouraged foreign investment, development of a market economy, private sector businesses
  • (1989) Protests at Tiananmen Square resulted in over 200 deaths as troops opened fire
  • (1989) U.S. and European Union imposed arms embargo on China in protest of post-Tiananmen clampdown
  • (1989) Stockmarkets in Shanghai and Shenzhen opened
  • (1900) Shanghai became autonomous municipality
1990s
  • (1991) Widow of Mao Tse-Tung, Jiang Qing, committed suicide while in prison
  • (1992) China and South Korea established diplomatic ties
  • (1992) China and Russia signed declaration to restore friendly ties
  • (1992) International Monetary Fund (IMF) ranked China's economy third largest in the world - behind Japan and U.S.
  • (1993) Jiang Zemin became president
  • (1993) Construction began on Three Gorges dam
  • (1994) Official renminbi currency exchange rate abolished, floating rate fixed
  • (1994) Internet was introduced in China
  • (1994) Fire broke out in theater in Karamay where 1,000 teachers and children were visiting. Ordered to remain seated while Communist Party officials walked out first, 288 children died
  • (1995) In order to intimidate Tawian during presidential elections, China tested missiles, held military exercises in Taiwan Strait
  • (1996) In list established by international business people, China included in top-ten of most corrupt countries
  • (1996) Shanghai Five (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) met in Shanghai and agreed to cooperate to combat ethnic and religious tensions in each others' countries
  • (1997) Rioting broke out in Yining, Zinjiang following death of Deng Ziaoping. Bombs planted on buses killed nine, injured 74
  • (1997) China regained control of Hong Kong, after 99 years of British rule
  • (1997) Russia signed agreement to build a $3 billion dollar nuclear power plant in China
  • (1998) Zhu Rongji became premier
  • (1998) New reforms announced, including continued deceleration of economy, restructuring of state-owned businesses through amalgamations, shared flotations and bankruptcies, four million civil service jobs to be eliminated
  • (1999) Nato bombed Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • (1999 China assumed formal sovereignty over Macau after 442 years of Portuguese control

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