The 1950s

 

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1950 - 1955: Mao favors pro-natalistic population policy.

 

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1958 - 1961: Utopian ideas for transforming the family, marriage, and children's education ("new human being").

 

The 1960s

 

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1962 - 1972: In the 1960s China's population growth peaks. Between 1962 and 1972 some 300 million babies are born.

 

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1962 - 1972: High population growth (average of 26.7 million birth per year) in the late 1960 increases pressure on natural resources.

 

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1966 - 1968: Destruction of "The Four Olds": Old ideas, old culture, old customs, old habits.

 

The 1980s

 

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1982: China's population surpasses 1 billion people.

 

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1987: Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) comes to China. Introduction of Western-style fast-food to China.

 

The 1990s

 

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1991: First McDonald's Restaurant opens in Beijing.

 

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1994: The Chinese government launches its ambitious "8-7 Plan" for eliminating extreme poverty by the year 2000.

 

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1995: Between 1978 and 2004 China reduced the population in severe poverty from 250 to some 26 million.

 

The 2000s

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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china-profile.com - 30 Sept. 2012