China (In progress)

2009-present


1949 - Founding of the People’s Republic of China | 1951- 17 point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet | 1958-1961 - Great Leap Forward | 1958-1961 - Great Chinese Famine, 30 million died | 1959 - Tibetan uprising, Dalai Lama flees in exile to India | 1964 - Quotations from Chairman Mao, “Little Red Book”, published | 1964 - 596 Nuclear test, China’s first atomic bomb detonation | 1966-1976 - Cultural Revolution, estimated 500 000 died | Late 60s-early 70s - Down to the countryside movement | 1969 - First Beijing subway line opens | 1970 - First satellite (Long March Rocket) launched | 1972 - Richard Nixon visits China | 1976 - Mao Zedong dies | 1978 - Economic reforms begin | 1979 - Diplomatic relations between China and the USA are established | 1979 - One Child policy begins | 1980 - Special Economic Zones created within China | 1984 - Margret Thatcher visits China, signs the Sino-British Joint Declaration | 1989 - Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, 200- 10 000 died | 1989 - China declares martial law on Lhasa, Tibet | 1991 - First McDonald’s restaurant opens in Beijing | 1994 - Karamay Fire Incident, 325 died | 1997 - Hong Kong sovereignty handed back to mainland China, made into a Special Administrative Region | 1998 - Golden Shield Project, also known as the “Great Firewall of China” | 1999 - Falun Gong banned in China, estimated 3400 tortured to death since ban | 1999 - USA bombing of Chinese embassy in Belgrade | 2001 - Tiananmen Square self immolation incident | 2001 - Accession to World Trade Organisation | 2005 - Jilin chemical plant explosion | 2005 - Anti-Japanese protests | 2006 - Structural work of Three Gorges Dam completed, 1.3 million people displaced due to flooding | 2007 - Chinese Slave Scandal | 2008 - Beijing holds the Summer Olympic and Paralympic games | 2008 - Shenzhou 7 first space walk | 2008 - Tibetan unrest, estimated 20-80 died | 2008 - Milk scandal | 2009 - Urumqi riots, 197 died and at least 43 people went missing in the following days | 2009 - 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

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