Previous: Victorian BritainBack to Main Index MODERN CHINA: 1839 to 2000 Combined chronological listing covering this period Next: Modern Italy

1839 British force Chinese to expand trade in Opium Wars
1841 China cedes Hong Kong to Britain
1883 Eruption of Krakatoa Volcano, Indonesia (35,000 killed)
1894 Japan invades China - annexes Formosa and Korea
1896 Siam guarenteed independence from China by Britain and France
1900 Boxer Rising in China attempts to expel all foreigners
1911 Chinese Revolution - Sun Yat-Sen establishes Republic
1921 Chinese Communist Party founded
1928 Kuomintang under Chang Kai-Shek subdues Chinese warlords
1930 Civil War in China between Nationalists and Communists
1931 Floods in Central China kill up to 4 million
1931 Japanese invade Manchuria
1934 Long March by Chinese communists under Mao Tse-Tung
1937 Japanese advance into Northern China and Mongolia
1949 People's Republic of China proclaimed by Mao Tse-Tung
1952 Huge collectivization push in rural China
1958 Dalai Lama flees Tibet from Chinese persecution
1961 Famine caused by the Great Leap Forward kills an estimated 36 million
1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict between China and India
1966 Cultural Revolution begins in China
1969 Border disputes between China and Russia
1976 Mao Tse-Tung dies - Gang of Four arrested
1980 Deng Xiao-Ping becomes Chairman of China
1989 Pro-democracy protest in Tianenmen Square, Beijing, brutally crushed
1994 Construction starts on China's Three Gorges Dam
1997 Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule
1999 China launches first spacecraft

Back to Top