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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
1997
6.30.1997
The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
7.1.1997
The People's Republic of China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule.
11.16.1997
After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.
12.3.1997
In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however.
1999
2.24.1999
A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.
5.7.1999
Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
5.25.1999
The United States House of Representatives releases the ''Cox Report'' which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades.
7.20.1999
Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
11.19.1999
Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
12.20.1999
Macau is handed over to the People's Republic of China by Portugal.
2001
4.1.2001
An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, People's Republic of China and is detained.
4.1.2001
An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, People's Republic of China and is detained.
4.11.2001
The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.
12.11.2001
The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
12.27.2001
The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
2003
6.1.2003
The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam.
10.15.2003
China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
12.23.2003
PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
2004
2.5.2004
Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.
11.26.2004
Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
2005
1.29.2005
The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
3.12.2005
Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
8.19.2005
The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins.
10.12.2005
The second Chinese human spaceflight ''Shenzhou 6'' launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.
12.6.2005
Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China.
2006
7.1.2006
The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China.
7.6.2006
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.
2007
11.5.2007
China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
2008
5.12.2008
An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.
9.27.2008
CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on ''Shenzhou 7''.
2009
7.5.2009
A series of violent riots break out in Ürümqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.
9.26.2009
Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
2010
4.30.2010
Hailed as the largest World's Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shangai, China.