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People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...
Timeline of Events
1971
4.10.1971
Ping Pong Diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.
7.20.1971
The Soviet Union says it will support the People's Republic of China's admission to the United Nations
9.13.1971
People's Republic of China: Chairman Mao Zedong's second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao flees the country via plane after the failure of alleged coup against Mao. The plane crashes in Mongolia, killing all aboard.
10.25.1971
The United Nations seated the People's Republic of China and expelled the Republic of China (see political status of Taiwan and China and the United Nations)
11.23.1971
Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.
1972
2.21.1972
President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
2.28.1972
Sino-American relations: The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
4.13.1972
The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
4.13.1972
The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
9.29.1972
Sino-Japanese relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.
1973
2.22.1973
Cold War: Following United States President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.
1976
4.5.1976
In the People's Republic of China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen incident.
7.28.1976
The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattens Tangshan in the People's Republic of China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851.
10.6.1976
New Premier Hua Guofeng orders the arrest of the Gang of Four and associates and ends the Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China.
10.12.1976
The People's Republic of China announces that Hua Guofeng is the successor to the late Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party of China.
1977
7.22.1977
Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power.
1978
2.11.1978
Censorship: the People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens.
12.15.1978
U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan
1979
1.1.1979
Formal diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America.
3.14.1979
In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
1982
12.4.1982
The People's Republic of China adopts its current constitution.
1984
12.19.1984
The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 is signed in Beijing by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher.
12.19.1984
The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 is signed in Beijing by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher.
1986
10.12.1986
11.5.1986
USS Rentz, USS Reeves and USS Oldendorf visit Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China — the first US Naval visit to China since 1949.
1989
4.15.1989
Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China.
4.21.1989
Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
5.20.1989
The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
6.3.1989
The government of China sends troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.
1990
9.16.1990
The railroad between the People's Republic of China and Kazakhstan becomes complete at Dostyk, adding a sizable link to the concept of the Eurasian Land Bridge.
1992
5.13.1992
Li Hongzhi gives the first public lecture on Falun Gong in Changchun, People's Republic of China.
10.23.1992
Emperor Akihito becomes the first Emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil.
11.24.1992
A China Southern Airlines domestic flight in the People's Republic of China, crashes, killing all 141 people on-board.
1993
3.27.1993
Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
1994
9.3.1994
Sino-Soviet Split: Russia and the People's Republic of China agree to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.
1996
2.3.1996
The Lijiang earthquake in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.
2.14.1996
China launches a Long March 3 rocket, carrying the Intelsat 708 satellite. The rocket flies off course 3 seconds after liftoff and crashes into a rural village.
2.15.1996
At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing many people.
1997
1.3.1997
The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $27.7 billion USD to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys.
3.9.1997
Comet Hale-Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.