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Timeline: Chronology of Key Events: The 2000s

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The 2000s

 

M

2000: China lounches Chinasat-22 (Zhongxing-22) communication satellite. Center for Nonproliferation Studies (2006): Current and Future Space Security. China: Military Programs. Web Site.

 

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. External Link TIME, Financial Times, New York Times, Wikipedia

 

S

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

 

M

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

 

R

2000, Oct.: The Vatican canonizes 120 "saints" that were "martyred" in China. External Link

 

O

2001: Beijing is awarded the 2008 Olympic Games. External Link

 

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

 

S

2001, Dec.: The Standing Committee of the 9th National People's Congress adopts "Population and Family Planning Law". External Link UN-ESCAP0

 

M

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

 

E

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

 

P

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

 

I

2002, April: Chinese scientists publish the genome sequence of the most widely cultivated rice subspecies (Indica). External Link Science, Vol. 296. no. 5565, pp. 79 - 920

 

P

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

 

H

2002, Nov.: 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, Feb.: Two laboratories confirm avian influenza virus (H5N1) outbreak in Hong Kong. External Link WHO - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)0

 

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. Center for Nonproliferation Studies (2006): Current and Future Space Security. China: Military Programs. Web Site.

 

T

2003, Oct.: 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). External Link UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

 

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. Science, Vol. 304. no. 5676, pp. 1430 - 14320

 

M

2004, Sept.: Government deploys heavily armed troops to protect Three Gorges Dam against terrorist attacks. External Link BBC News

 

P

2004, Oct.: China signes agreement with Russia setteling their long-lasting border conflicts. External Link US Library of Congress, Country Profile: China. Feb. 20050

 

H

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

 

T

2004, Dec.: China has at least 94 million Internet users. External Link CNNIC (2005): 15th Statistical Survey Report on the Internet Development. Beijing0

 

T

2005: Researchers at the Institute of Computing Technology (CAS) develop powerful 64-bit processor "Godson-2". External Link Tom Halfhill, MAXIMUMPC, October 2005, p. 110

 

T

2005, June: China has at least 103 million Internet users, 45.6 million computer hosts, and 677,500 Web Sites. External Link CNNIC (2005): 15th Statistical Survey Report on the Internet Development. Beijing0

 

M

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

 

M

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

 

T

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

 

V

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

 

V

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

 

V

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

 

E

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

 

H

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

 

H

2006, Jan.: China's Ministry of Health confirms the country's 10th case of human infection with the avian influenza virus H5N1. External Link WHO - Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR)

 

P

2006, Feb.: Prominent elderly leaders protest in open letter against the Communist Party's secretive propaganda department. The New York Times, Feb. 15, 2006

 

C

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

 

V

2006, June: China surpasses the United States in carbon dioxide emissions due to fossil fuel use and cement production. External Link Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)

 

M

2007, Jan.: China shoots down old weather satellite, demonstrating capability of destroying hostile spy satellites. External Link Craig Covault in Aviation Week & Space Technology

 

L

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

 

M

2007, May: China's military budget increases by 17.8% in 2007. External Link BBC, New York Times, Washington Post

 

V

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

 

T

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

 

E

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

 

T

2007, Dec.: Number of Internet Users in China reaches 210 million. External Link China Internet Network Information Center (CINNC): Statistical Survey Report on the Internet Development in China. January 2008

 

L

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

 

T

2007, Dec.: China celebrates launch of first domestically developed passenger jet Xiang Feng. External Link

 

P

2008, Feb.: 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. External Link

 

P

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

 

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, Aug.: Hua Guofeng dies in Beijing aged 87.

 

O

2008, Aug.: China welcomes the world to the Beijing 2008 Olympic games. External Link

 

H

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

 

H

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

 

E

2008, Nov.: The government announces a $586 billion economic stimulus package. External Link

 

E

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

 

E

2009, Feb.: China makes largest investment in foreign company. External Link http://www.riotinto.com/whoweare/Chinalco.asp

 

P

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

 

P

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

 

V

2009, Aug.: China surpasses the United States as the world's largest producer of household garbage. External Link New York Times, August 12, 2009, A11

 

C

2009, Sept.: Chinese state TV (CCTV) focusing on 300 million Russian viewers. External Link Guardian, 2009, 11 Sept. 2009

 

P

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

 

E

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

 

E

2009, Dec.: New gas pipeline is opened between Turkmenistan and China. External Link http://www.china.org.cn/english/BAT/105031.htm

 

P

2010, Jan.: Google announces it will stop self-censoring its Internet search engine in China. External Link The Wall Street Journal

 

H

2010, March: China has some 90 million diabetics. New England Journal of Medicine

 

T

2010, March: Shaoxing is the maleware capital of the world in March 2010. External Link Symantec MessageLabs Intelligence Report, March 2010

 

P

2010, March: Google stops its Chinese Internet search engine and re-routes mainland Chinese users to its Hong Kong site. External Link The Wall Street Journal

 

V

2010, April: Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale hits southern Qinghai province. External Link Xinhua, BBC, Reuters

 

T

2010, May: China joins supercomputing elite. External Link ISC

 

L

2010, May: China reiterates ban of evidence obtained under torture. External Link BBC-News

 

L

2010, July: Chongqing's director of the municipal Judical Bureau, Wen Qiang, is executed for corruption. External Link Xinhua, 7 July 2010

 

P

2010, Oct.: Communist Party elders critizise censorship. External Link The Wall Street Journal

 

P

2010, Oct.: Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo wins 2010 Nobel Peace Price External Link BBC

 

P

2010, Oct.: Xi Jinping is appointed a vice chairman of the party's Central Military Commission External Link WSJ, BBC

 

O

2010, Nov.: China starts 2010 population census. External Link

 

M

2011, Jan.: China unveiles its new J-20 stealth fighter. External Link

 

P

2011, Jan.: Violent protests in southern fishing village of Wukan against land seizures by officials. External Link The Guardian, BBC

 

E

2011, Feb.: China overtakes Japan as world's second-biggest economy. External Link BBC, The Guardian

 

P

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

 

E

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

 

S

2012, Jan.: China's urban population outnumbers its rural population. External Link National Bureau of Statistics of China

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