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Timeline: Chronology of Key Events: The 1980s

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The 1980s

 

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1980: Special Economic Zones in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou (Guangdong), Xiamen (Fujian), and the entire province of Hainan. External Link Wikipedia0

 

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1980: Stop of the surface test program of nuclear bombs near Lop Nor in Xinjiang province after 23 tests. External Link

 

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1980: Early 1980s: Debates between "Reds" who favour ideological correctness and "Technocrats" who promote pragmatic reform.

 

E

1980-1990: Great improvement of China's food security. Significant reduction of rural poverty.

 

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1980, June: Timothy Berners-Lee writes "Enquire" - a program that became the conceptual basis for the World Wide Web (www). External Link

 

E

1980, Aug.: First Special Economic Zones are established in Shenzhen. External Link Wikipedia0

 

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1981, Sept.: Successful launch of three satellites (SJ-2, SJ-2A, SJ-2b) on one rocket into orbit. External Link Globalsecurity.org0

 

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1982: China's population surpasses 1 billion people.

 

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1982, Dec.: The Fifth National People's Congress adopts a new constitution for China. External Link

 

E

1984: 14 coastal cities are completely opened to foreign investment. External Link Wikipedia0

 

P

1984, Jan.: China joins the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) External Link

 

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1984, April: State Council authorizes Yangtze Valley Planning Office to draft feasibility report for Three Gorges Dam project. External Link

 

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1985: Free higher education is abolished and replaced by academic scholarships based on academic ability. External Link US Library of Congress, Country Profile: China. Feb. 20050

 

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1985-1988: "Cultural Fever": Intellectuals identify China's "feudal" traditions as reason for backwardness.

 

D

1986: Legislation concerning compulsory education (usually 6 years).

 

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1986: Thousands of students all over China are demonstrating for greater intellectual freedom.

 

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1986: Foudation of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) External Link US Embassy in Beijing.0

 

E

1986: Deng Xiaoping boosts "Open-door" policy to encourage Foreign Direct Investments.

 

L

1986: The Sixth National People's Congress adpots new Civil Law of the People's Republic of China. External Link

 

L

1986-1995: Addministrative regulations of 1986 and 1996 allow forced labor camps for re-education (laodong jiaoyang). The New York Times, 2005

 

S

1987: Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) comes to China. Introduction of Western-style fast-food to China. External Link Time Magazine.0

 

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1987, Jan.: The too "liberal" General Secretary of China's Communist Party, Hu Yaobang, is forced to resign External Link Wikipedia.0

 

P

1988: By mid-1988 the CCP annouces that its membership has increased to the all-time high of 47 million.

 

E

1988: Excessive economic growth with rampand corruption and out-of-control inflation of 18.5%.

 

C

1988-1993: Chinese movie directors win important international competitions.

 

T

1988, March: China successfully launches the DFH-2A fully operational communication satellite into earth's orbit.

 

C

1988, Nov.: TV series "River Elegy" is criticized as "wholesale Westernization" and banned. External Link

 

C

1989: France’s Hachette Filipacchi starts to publish a Chinese version of the fashion magazine "Elle".

 

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1989: Revision of the environmental legislation from 1979.

 

P

1989: Jiang Zemin replaces Zhao Ziyang as CCP General Secretary.

 

P

1989, April: Hu Yaobang dies. External Link

 

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1989, June: Crack down of Tiananmen Square demonstrations with military power (official death toll: 200) External Link Wikipedia, BBC

 

P

1989, June: In Madrid (Spain), the European Council of Ministers agrees to an EU-wide arms embargo against China.

 

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1989, Dec.: Stock markets are opened in Shanghai and Shenzhen. External Link

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