Chinese History (Part 7)

China: Hong Kong - Macao

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 834

  • 1999-01-20 The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafés.
  • 1999-02-24 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.

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1999-04-04 Jack Ma founds Chinese internet company Alibaba

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • 1999-05-07 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
  • 1999-05-25 The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report detailing People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over prior two decades
  • 1999-07-10 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: US beats China, 5-4 on penalties; 0-0 a.e.t; US second World Cup
  • 1999-07-20 Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched
  • 1999-11-19 Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launches its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
  • 1999-12-20 Portugal returns Macau to China
  • 2001-01-09 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • 2001-01-23 The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
  • 2001-04-11 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 are released
  • 2001-06-14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 2001-12-11 The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 2001-12-27 The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.
  • 2002-04-15 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.

  • 2002-05-07 A China Northern Airlines MD-82 plunges into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people.
  • 2002-05-25 China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people
  • 2002-10-01 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat

Film release premierFilm Release

2002-10-24 Wuxia film "Hero" directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Jet Li released in China (US release 2004)

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • 2002-11-04 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress

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2002-11-15 Hu Jintao becomes the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • 2002-11-17 Australian Leyton Hewitt scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles with a classic 7–5, 7–5, 2–6, 2–6, 6–4 victory over Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero in Shanghai, China
  • 2003-03-15 Hu Jintao becomes President of the People's Republic of China
  • 2003-06-01 The People's Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam
  • 2003-10-15 China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission.
  • 2003-12-23 PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
  • 2004-02-05 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.
  • 2004-08-17 MD5 collision found by Chinese researchers.
  • 2004-08-27 China's first ever gold in Olympic Games men's track and field; Liu Xiang wins 110m hurdles in Athens, equalling Colin Jackson's 1993 world record time of 12.91 seconds
  • 2004-08-27 Hong Kong martial arts film "Hero" starring Jet Li opens in the US and becomes first Chinese-language film to go to No.1 at US box office
  • 2004-08-28 The diving competition at the Athens Olympics concludes with the Chinese contingent dominant, winning 6 of the 8 gold medals
  • 2004-11-26 Ruzhou School massacre: a man stabs and kills eight people and seriously wounds another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
  • 2005-01-29 The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
  • 2005-03-12 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.
  • 2005-03-26 The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the walk.

  • 2005-08-19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • 2005-10-12 The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 launched carrying Fèi Jùnlóng and Niè Hǎishèng for five days in orbit.

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2005-10-16 Renault driver Fernando Alonso wins season-ending Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit; first Spanish Formula 1 World Drivers champion; wins by 21 points from Kimi Räikkönen

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen

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2005-11-20 David Nalbandian of Argentina outlasts defending champion Roger Federer 6–7, 6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 7–6 in Shanghai, China to win his only career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2005-12-06 Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China
  • 2006-07-01 The first operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway in the People's Republic of China
  • 2006-07-06 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years
  • 2006-11-19 Roger Federer captures his 3rd Tennis Masters Cup title with a comfortable 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 win over American James Blake in the final in Shanghai, China
  • 2006-12-13 The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, announced as extinct.
  • 2007-02-27 The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years
  • 2007-09-30 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China: Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr score as Germany beats Brazil, 2-0
  • 2007-11-05 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
  • 2007-11-18 Roger Federer scores back-to-back season-ending Tennis Masters Cup titles beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 in the final in Shanghai, China
  • 2008-05-12 Wenchuan earthquake, measuring 7.8 in magnitude occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 87,000, injuring 374,643 and leaving homeless between 4.8 million and 11 million people
  • 2008-08-08 IXXX Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing, China
  • 2008-08-14 Australian women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Stephanie Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer & Linda Mackenzie swims world record 7:44.31 to beat China and take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-14 A popular Chinese 1-2 in the 200m butterfly at the Beijing Olympics with Liu Zige swimming world record 2:04.18 to beat team mate Jiao Liuyang
  • 2008-08-15 Despite China winning the women's gymnastics team all-round gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson go 1-2 in the individual all-round
  • 2008-08-17 China wins its 33rd gold medal of the Beijing Olympics by beating Singapore in the table tennis women's team event; most successful Olympiad ever for China; wins all 10 singles and all 5 doubles matches
  • 2008-08-18 Emulating the Chinese women, the men win the team table tennis gold medal at the Beijing Olympics without losing a match; win all 10 singles and all 5 doubles matches
  • 2008-08-19 The men's gymnastics program at the Beijing Olympics concludes with the home team from China dominating the medals tally takes 7 of 8 gold medals; Zou Kai wins 3
  • 2008-08-21 American pair Misty May-Treanor & Kerry Walsh dominate China's Tian Jiathe & Wang Jie 21-18, 21-18 in the beach volleyball final to repeat of their gold medal from Athens; don't lose a set in the competition
  • 2008-08-23 Australian diver Matthew Mitcham wins the men's 10m platform gold medal with final dive at the Beijing Olympics; prevents Chinese from winning every diving event; achieves highest score for an individual dive in Olympic history (112.10)
  • 2008-09-25 China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
  • 2008-09-27 CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.

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2008-11-16 Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his first career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title beating Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 in the final in Shanghai, China

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2009-01-01 The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
  • 2009-07-05 Ethnic rioting breaks out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
  • 2009-09-26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
  • 2009-12-25 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 years in prison in Beijing, China for "inciting subversion of state power"
  • 2010-02-22 Taiwan's economy exits from the recession with 9.22% growth in the last quarter of 2009 after increased demand from China and other key markets in the region
  • 2010-04-11 "The night of Sora Aoi", Japanese porn actress Sora Aoi joins twitter prompting many Chinese fans to try and circumnavigate Chinese censorship
  • 2010-08-23 Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.

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2010-11-05 Ai Weiwei is reportedly placed under house arrest by Chinese authorities because of a planned party to mark the demolition of his new studio in Shanghai

Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist and Activist
Ai Weiwei
  • 2010-12-10 Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm, while imprisoned in China

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2011-01-29 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Kim Clijsters wins her 4th and final Grand Slam title; beats Li Na of China 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
  • 2011-03-01 Tomb of a 700 year old female mummy, discovered by road workers, opened in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China
  • 2011-06-04 French Open Women's Tennis: Li Na becomes first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Italian defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6
  • 2012-01-14 Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote
  • 2012-02-26 Bus plunges off a cliff in Shanxi, China causing 15 deaths
  • 2012-03-12 China records its highest trade deficit in over a decade
  • 2012-04-05 International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
  • 2012-04-15 China loosens monetary policy and allows the Yuan to fluctuate up to 1% against the US dollar
  • 2012-05-01 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
  • 2012-05-11 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • 2012-05-13 Torrential rain in Hunan Province, China, destroys a bridge, 3,500 homes and displaces 28,000 people
  • 2012-07-13 China's economic growth drops to 7.6%, its lowest level for three years
  • 2012-07-22 At least 77 people are killed by torrential rain in Beijing, China
  • 2012-07-28 Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley (4:28.43) to take the gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 2012-08-01 Typhoon Saola kills 82 people and displaces over 150,000 in the Philippines, Taiwan and China
  • 2012-08-08 China announces that it plans to close 23 rare earth mines and up to 50 smelting companies
  • 2012-08-24 Yangmingtan Bridge collapses in China killing three people
  • 2012-08-26 36 people are killed in a bus crash in Yan'an, China
  • 2012-08-30 A blast in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, China, kills 26 miners with 21 missing
  • 2012-09-07 64 people are killed and 715 injured after a series of earthquakes in south-west China
  • 2012-09-13 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
  • 2012-09-16 Anti-Japanese protesters set fire to Panasonic plant in Qingdao, China
  • 2012-09-17 Panasonic suspends operations at its three factories in China
  • 2012-09-17 China dispatches 1,000 fishing boats to Senkaku Islands
  • 2012-09-24 Books by Japanese authors or about Japan are suspended by Chinese bookstores
  • 2012-09-26 Japanese automakers suspend operations in China
  • 2012-09-27 UN publicly releases documents from China and Japan detailing their contesting claims for the Senkoku Islands
  • 2012-10-04 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2012-10-11 Mo Yan, a Chinese hallucinatory realist writer, wins the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist Mo Yan
Novelist
Mo Yan

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