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The 1950s

 

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1950, June: Agrarian Reform Law. Land of landlords and wealthy farmers is re-distributed to millions of peasants

 

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1953-1957: 1. Five Year Plan focusing on Soviet-style development of heavy industries.

 

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1958: All land is collectivized and farmers are organized into (large) People's Communes.

 

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1959-1961: "Great Leap Forward" triggers largest famine in human history with an estimated 14-30 million casualties.

 

The 1960s

 

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1961-1965: Increase in production and import of agricultural inputs (fertilizers, machinery, pesticides)

 

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1961-1965: Readjustment and recovery: "Agriculture First" policy. Food situation improves.

 

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1966-1976: Between "Cultural Revolution" and Mao's death stagnation in agriculture and industry.

 

The 1970s

 

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1977: Hua Guofeng starts "Open Door" policy, which is later incorporated in Deng Xiaopings "Four Modernizations" program. External Link Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Posters0

 

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1978-1990: Introduction of Pragmatism in China's political and economic system. Promotion of market elements.

 

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1978-1979: Deng Xiaoping introduces stepwise economic reforms: "The Four Modernizations".

 

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1979: Introduction of the "Household Responsibility System" in agriculture greatly improves China's food security.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The 1990s

 

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1990-2004: The process of restructuring and / or closing of state-owned enterprises is accelerated.

 

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1992: Deng Xiaoping accelerates market reforms to establish a "socialist market economy".

 

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1995: Overheating of the economy: 17% Inflation rate.

 

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1998-1999: Slow-down of the Chinese economy - partly due to Asian Financial Crisis.

 

The 2000s

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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