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The 1950s

 

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1950, Oct.: Chinese People's Volunteer Army invades Korean Peninsula to support their North Korean allies agains the USA. External Link US Library of Congress, Country Profile: China. Feb. 20050

 

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1950, Nov.: The People's Republic of China takes control of Tibet.

 

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1959, March: Tibetan population revolts against Chinese occupation is suppressed with "iron fist". External Link

 

The 1960s

 

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1962: Border conflict with India over areas in the Himalaya.

 

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1964, Oct.: Test of first nuclear bomb in China. External Link Nuclearweaponsarchive.org

 

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1967, June: Test of first nuclear fusion device in China

 

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1969, March: Clash with Soviet troops at Damanskii Island (Zhen Bao) of the Ussuri river (Wusuli Jiang).

 

The 1970s

 

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1970: In the mid-1970s China's relations with Vietnam begin to deteriorate. Violent incidents along the Sino-Vietnamese border.

 

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1974, June: China has a force of about 130 nuclear delivery vehicles - half missles and half bombers. External Link US Central Intelligence Agency (1974): China's Strategic Attack Programs. National Intelligence Estimates, NIE 13-8-74

 

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1979, Feb.: China invades Vietnam (for 29 days) after Vietnamese troups had ousted the pro-Beijing Pol-Pot regime in Cambodia. External Link Globalsecurity.org0

 

The 1980s

 

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1980: Stop of the surface test program of nuclear bombs near Lop Nor in Xinjiang province after 23 tests. External Link

 

The 1990s

 

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1990: Modernization of the People's Liberation Army begins.

 

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1992: China ratifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

 

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1996: China acquires missile technology from two American companies: Hughes and Loral.

 

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1996: Stop of the sub-terrain nuclear weapons test program.

 

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1999: China develops the neutron bomb, which can be used for tactical purposes.

 

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1999: The U.S. Cox-Dicks Committee accuses China of using espionage to steal neutron bomb and technology.

 

The 2000s

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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