P

Policy

 

E

Economy

 

I

Science

   

T

Technology

 

V

Environ.

 

S

Society

 

C

Culture

 

M

Military

 

H

Health

 

L

Legal

 

D

Educat.

 

R

Religion

 

O

Other

 

The 2000s

 

M

2000: China lounches Chinasat-22 (Zhongxing-22) communication satellite.

 

S

2000: Intensified anti-corruption activities. Former deputy chairman of People's Congress is executed for taking bribes.

 

D

2000: The Hanyu (Han language) Pinyin alphabet is written into law as unified standard for spelling and phonetic notation.

 

L

2000: Government consolidates Internet regulations for mainland China.

 

S

2000 - 2003: China begins long-distance population resettlement for the Three Gorges Dam project.

 

M

2000, October: The GPS satellete Beidou 1A is launched into orbit.

 

R

2000, October: The Vatican canonizes 120 "saints" that were "martyred" in China.

 

O

2001: Beijing is awarded the 2008 Olympic Games.

 

R

2001: Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) members stage mass demonstrations in Beijing despite outlaw of the movement.

 

P

2001, April: Major diplomatic crisis after US spy plane collides with Chinese fighter jet in mid-air and is forced to land.

 

P

2001, June: Growing tension across the Taiwan Strait.

 

E

2001, November: After years of negotiations, China becomes a member of the World Trade Organization.

 

S

2001, December: The Standing Committee of the 9th National People's Congress adopts "Population and Family Planning Law".

 

M

2002: China intensifies modernization of the People's Liberation Army.

 

E

2002: Kentucky Fried Chicken (a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc.) opens China's 700th KFC restaurant.

 

P

2002, February: US President George W. Bush visits China.

 

I

2002, April: Chinese scientists publish the genome sequence of the most widely cultivated rice subspecies (Indica).

 

P

2002, November: Hu Jintao replaces Jiang Zemin as head of the Communist Party.

 

H

2002, November: Most likely first cases of SARS in Guangdong.

 

T

2003: First-ever fiber optic network connection across Russian-Chinese border (Internet).

 

H

2003: During spring SARS virus outbreak in Hong Kong and Guangdong becomes known to the public. Quarantines.

 

H

2003, February: Two laboratories confirm avian influenza virus (H5N1) outbreak in Hong Kong.

 

P

2003, March: Hu Jintao is elected as President by National People's Congress.

 

M

2003, May: China launches the third (of three) Beidou-1 navigation satellites.

 

T

2003, October: First manned spacecraft send into orbit by "Long March 2F". Astronaut Yang Liwei.

 

H

2004: The United Nations estimates that one million Chinese are infected with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

 

T

2004: CERNET2 is China's first IPv6 high-speed network by CERN connecting 25 universities

 

H

2004, June: Scientists are warning that China may be facing a major HIV/AIDS epidemic.

 

M

2004, September: Government deploys heavily armed troops to protect Three Gorges Dam against terrorist attacks.

 

P

2004, October: China signes agreement with Russia setteling their long-lasting border conflicts.

 

H

2005: WHO says: Of all children alive today in China, around 50 million will die prematurely from tobacco use related disease.

 

T

2004, December: China has at least 94 million Internet users.

 

T

2005: Researchers at the Institute of Computing Technology (CAS) develop powerful 64-bit processor "Godson-2".

 

T

2005, June: China has at least 103 million Internet users, 45.6 million computer hosts, and 677,500 Web Sites.

 

M

2005, July: State-owned Galileo Industries begins cooperation with EU's Galileo satellite navigation system.

 

M

2005, August: Joint military maneuvers of China and Russia to "strengthen friendship".

 

T

2005, October: Two astronauts sent into space, circling earth with "Shenzhou VI space capsule".

 

V

2005, November: Water supply of Harbin city is cut off after high concentration of benzene in Songhua river.

 

V

2005, November: Attempts by regional government officials to cover up the water pollution catastrophe in Harbin.

 

V

2005, November: Major pollution of Songhua river after explosion of petrochemical plant in Jilin city (Jilin Province).

 

E

2006, January: CNOOC, one of China's largest oil and gas producers buys a stake in a Nigerian offshore oil and gas field.

 

H

2006, January: China's Ministry of Health, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and WHO publish report on AIDS.

 

H

2006, January: China's Ministry of Health confirms the country's 10th case of human infection with the avian influenza virus H5N1.

 

P

2006, February: Prominent elderly leaders protest in open letter against the Communist Party's secretive propaganda department.

 

C

2006, March: The Chinese inaugural edition of "Rolling Stone" magazine is immediately sold out.

 

V

2006, June: China surpasses the United States in carbon dioxide emissions due to fossil fuel use and cement production.

 

M

2007, January: China shoots down old weather satellite, demonstrating capability of destroying hostile spy satellites.

 

L

2007, March: New landmark law on urban land use adopted by National People's Congress.

 

M

2007, May: China's military budget increases by 17.8% in 2007.

 

V

2007, October: Four million people have to be resettled within the next 10 to 15 years in the Three-Gorges Dam area.

 

T

2007, October: Lunar orbiter Chang'e 1 lounched into space to explore the Earth's moon.

 

E

2007, November: French company Areva wins deal to build two nuclear reactors in the South of China.

 

T

2007, December: Number of Internet Users in China reaches 210 million.

 

L

2007, November - 2008: Yahoo! accused of having provided information that led to imprisonment of civil rights activist in China.

 

T

2007, December: China celebrates launch of first domestically developed passenger jet Xiang Feng.

 

P

2008, February: U.S. Justice Department announces that several individuals are being charged with spying for China.

 

P

2008, March: Most violent ethnic protest in years erupt in Lhasa, Tibet's main city.

 

P

2008, March: Xinhua reports 19 deaths in public unrest at Tibet's capital Lhasa.

 

M

2008, March: China plans to increase its military budget by nearly 18%.

 

V

2008, May: Earthquake strikes Sichuan province: Death toll reaches 20,000.

 

V

2008, May: Death toll of May 12 earthquake rises to 40,075.

 

V

2008, June: Death toll of May 12 earthquake rises to 69,016, with more than 18,000 people still missing.

 

P

2008, August: Hua Guofeng dies in Beijing aged 87.

 

O

2008, August: China welcomes the world to the Beijing 2008 Olympic games.

 

H

2008, September: Sick toll in baby milk scandal raises to 13,000.

 

H

2008, October: Wen Jiabao accepts responsibility for milk scandal that might have affected more than 50,000 children.

 

E

2008, November: The government announces a $586 billion economic stimulus package.

 

E

2009, February: 20 million migrant workers may have lost their jobs in China due to global economic crisis.

 

E

2009, February: China makes largest investment in foreign company.

 

P

2009, July: Almost 200 people die and over 1,700 are injured in ethnic violence in Xinjiang.

 

P

2009, July: China demands that new personal computers come with filtering software "Green Dam Youth Escort".

 

V

2009, August: China surpasses the United States as the world's largest producer of household garbage.

 

C

2009, September: Chinese state TV (CCTV) focusing on 300 million Russian viewers.

 

P

2009, October: Mass celebrations to mark 60 years of Communist Party rule over China.

 

E

2009, November: China is now the largest automobile market in the world.

 

E

2009, December: New gas pipeline is opened between Turkmenistan and China.

 

P

2010, January: Google announces it will stop self-censoring its Internet search engine in China.

 

H

2010, March: China has some 90 million diabetics.

 

T

2010, March: Shaoxing is the maleware capital of the world in March 2010.

 

P

2010, March: Google stops its Chinese Internet search engine and re-routes mainland Chinese users to its Hong Kong site.

 

V

2010, April: Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale hits southern Qinghai province.

 

T

2010, May: China joins supercomputing elite.

 

L

2010, May: China reiterates ban of evidence obtained under torture.

 

L

2010, July: Chongqing's director of the municipal Judical Bureau, Wen Qiang, is executed for corruption.

 

P

2010, October: Communist Party elders critizise censorship.

 

P

2010, October: Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins 2010 Nobel Peace Price

 

P

2010, October: Xi Jinping is appointed a vice chairman of the party's Central Military Commission

 

O

2010, November: China starts 2010 population census.

 

M

2011, January: China unveiles its new J-20 stealth fighter.

 

P

2011, January: Violent protests in southern fishing village of Wukan against land seizures by officials.

 

E

2011, February: China overtakes Japan as world's second-biggest economy.

 

P

2011, April: The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is arrested for "economic crimes".

 

E

2011, July: Coca-Cola profits jump on sales to China.

 

S

2012, January: China's urban population outnumbers its rural population.

Copyright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved.

china-profile.com - 30 Sept. 2012