Return to home2005 Jan 1,
The 1974 Multi-Fiber Arrangement (MFA), which had restricted Chinese
textile exports, ended. This forced Cambodia to face fierce
competition from rival exporters. This led to the loss of some
30,000 jobs in Mauritius.
2/19/05, p.42)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.58)
2005 Jan 1, China was forecast
for 8.1% annual GDP growth with a population at 1.3 billion and GDP
per head at $1,360.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.90)
2005 Jan 6, A baby boy
delivered in Beijing became China's 1.3 billionth citizen.
2005 Jan 6, Chinese authorities
bulldozed Silk Alley, a 20-year-old landmark in Beijing. Traders
felt the motive was to eliminate competition for a new indoor
complex soon to open next to the alley, to be named Xiushui, which
was the name of the old market.
(Econ, 1/15/05, p.39)
2005 Jan 15, China and Taiwan
agreed to allow the first direct flights since 1949.
2005 Jan 17, Chinese news
reports said authorities have arrested dozens of government
officials and others accused in a scheme to steal 7.4 billion yuan
($900 million) from a state bank through fraudulent loans.
2005 Jan 17, Zhao Ziyang (85),
former Chinese leader (1980-1987), died after 15 years under house
arrest. He was ousted as China's Communist Party leader after
sympathizing with the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.
In 2009 a secret recording of his insights regarding the 1989
protests were translated edited and published by Bao Pu: “Prisoner
of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang."
(AP, 1/17/05)(SFC, 1/17/05, p.B4)(Econ, 1/22/05,
p.82)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.88)
2005 Jan 19, The Chinese
government ordered a halt to construction at 30 big construction
projects, including two at the massive Three Gorges Dam, due to
alleged violations of environmental protection regulations and other
2005 Jan 24, China and India
opened a first round of "strategic dialogue", as their regional and
international influence surges despite a nagging border dispute.
2005 Jan 24, China's vice
president expressed a strong desire to increase economic and
diplomatic cooperation with Mexico while meeting with Mexican
2005 Jan 26, The World Economic
Forum, the global business meeting that attracts world leaders and
Hollywood stars, opened in Davos, Switzerland. A Chinese economist
said that China has lost faith in the stability of the US dollar and
would seek to broaden the exchange rate for the yuan to a more
flexible basket of currencies.
(AP, 1/26/05)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.C1)
2005 Jan 26, China’s central
bank said a nationwide personal credit database will be available
across the country by the end of the year. The database was launched
in January, 2006, and included records of 340 million individuals.
(WSJ, 1/27/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/17/06, p.A15)
2005 Jan 27, It was reported
that Japan’s trade with China in 2004 exceeded its trade with the US
for the 1st time. This included figures for Hong Kong.
(WSJ, 1/27/05, p.A10)
2005 Jan 29, Chinese jetliners
touched down in Taiwan, completing the first nonstop flights between
the rivals since a bloody civil war split the two sides 56 years
2005 Feb 1, China lent Russia
$6 billion to help finance the nationalization of OAO Yukos. The
loan was in effect a forward payment for some 48 million metric tons
of crude oil.
(WSJ, 2/2/05, p.A2)
2005 Feb 2, China and Russia
agreed to set up a new body to consult more closely on security
2005 Feb 5, Central bank
governor Zhou Xiaochuan said China is committed to revamping its
foreign exchange regime and further relaxing its capital account
2005 Feb 9, Ethnic Chinese
communities across Asia celebrated the start of the lunar year 4703,
the Year of the Rooster, with visits to crowded temples and family
(AP, 2/9/05)(SFC, 2/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 14, A gas explosion in
China's northeast Sunjiawan mine killed 214 people in the deadliest
mining disaster reported since communist rule began in 1949.
(AP, 2/15/05)(AP, 2/14/06)
2005 Feb 19, China's state news
said North Korea no longer wants to negotiate with the US and 4
other nations in an effort to ease the standoff over Pyongyang's
2005 Feb 21, A Chinese
newspaper reported that the China Construction Bank is investigating
the disappearance of $8 million, in the latest big embezzlement case
to hit the country's scandal-ridden state banks.
2005 Feb 26, China state
television said China will gradually open its capital account in
2005, another step in its plan to make the yuan currency fully
2005 Feb, China issued a
government document that allowed private investment in any business
not banned by law.
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.72)
2005 Feb, China said that 10
regions had begun a pilot project in green GDP assessment, in an
effort to assess environmental costs in development.
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.43)
2005 Feb, Vietnam signed an
agreement with the World Society for the Protection of Animals to
phase out its bear bile farms, where an estimated 3,000 bears were
held for their bile. In China an estimated 7,000 caged bears were
milked for their bile.
(SFC, 4/25/05, p.A8)
2005 Mar 2, In northern China a
cache of explosives at the home of a coal mine manager blew up in
Kecheng, killing him and at least 10 others including 2 children at
a nearby school.
(AP, 3/3/05)(SFC, 3/3/05, p.A6)
2005 Mar 5, China's foreign
exchange chief said a sharp appreciation of China's yuan is unlikely
and the currency will be kept in a small range as the country
gradually implements a more flexible exchange rate.
2005 Mar 6, China convened its
National People’s Congress.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 6, Shanghai became the
1st Chinese city to levy a capital gains tax on the sale of private
property held for less than a year.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.73)
2005 Mar 7, China said it will
keep controversial exchange-rate controls and hold down industrial
investment this year as it tries to rein in surging growth and
2005 Mar 8, China unveiled the
Taiwan Anti-Secession Law, authorizing an attack if Taiwan moves
toward formal independence, increasing pressure on the self-ruled
island while warning other countries not to interfere.
(AP, 3/8/05)(Econ, 4/7/12, p.30)
2005 Mar 9, Senior officials
said China will use taxes from its fast-growing eastern cities to
help pay for rural social programs as it tries to close a widening
divide between rich and poor.
2005 Mar 14, China's parliament
enacted a law authorizing force to stop rival Taiwan from pursuing
2005 Mar 15, Hong Kong press
reported that Zhang Enzhou was removed as president of China
Construction Bank (CCB), China’s 3rd largest bank, allegedly for
(Econ, 3/19/05, p.79)
2005 Mar 16, China's central
bank tightened mortgage lending rules to raise the cost of borrowing
for home loans in an effort to cool the sizzling property market.
(AP, 3/17/05)(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.A9)
2005 Mar 19, A blast at the
Xishui Colliery in Shuozhou, in a major coal-mining area in China’s
Shanxi province, left at least 60 miners dead.
2005 Mar 23, Chinese President
Hu Jintao stepped up pressure on North Korea to return to nuclear
talks, telling its visiting premier that dialogue is the only way to
settle the dispute.
2005 Mar 23, Chinese state
media reported that already severe water shortages are worsening due
to heavy pollution of lakes and aquifers and urban development
projects with a big thirst for water, such as lawns and fountains.
2005 Mar 26, in Taiwan about a
million people marched through the capital to protest a new Chinese
law that authorizes an attack on the island if it moves toward
2005 Mar 28, Hu Xiaoliam was
appointed the 1st female head of China’s State Administration of
Foreign Exchange (SAFE). The regulator will oversee new trading and
price quotes in 8 currency pairs through the interbank China foreign
Exchange Trade System (CFETS).
(Econ, 4/2/05, p.68)
2005 Mar 29, It was reported
that China’s influence in Africa was expanding rapidly. Chinese
projects included the rebuilding of Nigeria’s railroad network; the
paving of roads in Rwanda; ownership of copper mines in Zambia;
timber operations in Equatorial Guinea; supermarket operations in
Lesotho and numerous ventures in other African countries.
(WSJ, 3/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 29, In eastern China a
truck loaded with chlorine overturned on a highway after a tire
burst, spewing fumes that killed 27 people and left another 285
2005 Mar, A Chinese cabinet
think tank issued a report that said unless China overhauls its
medical care, “economic development, social stability and public
support for reform" will be impacted.
(WSJ, 12/5/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar, The British-based
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) described a
timber-smuggling chain bringing 300,000 cubic meters of merbau, a
valuable hardwood, from Indonesia’s Papua province to China.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.42)
2005 Apr 3, Residents in
China’s Zhejiang province clashed with police officers and workers
sent in to quell their protests over pollution from chemical
factories. As many as 60 cars were destroyed and some people were
2005 Apr 4, China's foreign
ministry called in Japan's ambassador to Beijing to express its
"indignation" at Tokyo's approval of nationalist school history
2005 Apr 4, Shanghai, China's
largest city, enacted a new rule requiring home owners to pay off
their mortgages before selling property, the boldest measure yet in
new efforts to cool surging real estate prices.
2005 Apr 5, Amnesty
International said China accounted for the majority of executions
reported worldwide last year, but the true frequency of the death
penalty is impossible to count because many death sentences are
carried out secretly.
2005 Apr 5, China's top
industrial safety official said the number of deaths in China's
accident-plagued coal mines surged by nearly 21 per cent in the
first three months of this year despite a national safety crackdown.
2005 Apr 6, A government
official said China plans to build 40 nuclear power plants over the
next 15 years, making them the main power source for its booming
2005 Apr 6, Colombia's
president met top Chinese leaders during a visit to boost trade,
seek financing for an oil pipeline and to promote sales of Colombian
coal to fuel China's booming economy.
2005 Apr 6, Under pressure to
stem a rising tide of textile imports from China, the European
Union's executive unveiled guidelines for imposing curbs on a
country which already has 20 percent of a $400 billion market.
2005 Apr 9, Chinese PM Wen
Jiabao arrived in Bangalore on the last leg of a 4 nation South Asia
tour for talks with Indian leaders expected to boost trade and
2005 Apr 11, China reported
rioting in Dongyang after 2 older women were killed in a clash with
police during a pollution protest.
(WSJ, 4/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 11, India and China
agreed to form a strategic partnership to end a border dispute and
boost trade in a deal marking a major shift in relations between the
2005 Apr 12, China said it will
soon begin “trial sales" of hitherto untraded stocks it holds in
publicly traded companies.
(WSJ, 4/13/05, p.C16)
2005 Apr 16, Protesters in
Shanghai threw stones and broke windows at Japan's consulate and
Japanese restaurants as tens of thousands of people defied
government warnings and staged demonstrations against Tokyo's bid
for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
2005 Apr 18, Australia and
China agreed to start talks on a free trade pact. Visiting PM John
Howard also announcing Canberra's recognition of China as free
2005 Apr 21, Tradeable shares
on China’s 2 stock exchanges were reportedly worth $150 billion,
about the same as Denmark’s stock exchange.
(WSJ, 4/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, In China a
chemical plant blast in Chongqing left 19 people missing.
(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, Zhang Chunqiao
(88), a member of The Gang of Four, died. Beginning around 1965 the
Gang of Four were able to manipulate the Chinese media and youth to
leverage their positions over party moderates, such as Deng
Xiaoping. Mao’s death in 1976 ended their influence and led to their
imprisonment and trial in 1980-81 for their role in the Cultural
Revolution, during which some 34,800 people died.
(SFC, 5/11/05, p.B7)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.90)
2005 Apr 21, In Zambia at least
51 people were killed in a blast at a Chinese-owned
mining-explosives factory in Chambisi.
(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2005 Apr 22, Japan's PM Koizumi
apologized for his country's World War II aggression in Asia in a
bid to defuse tensions with regional rival China, but a Chinese
diplomat dismissed the remarks, saying "actions are more important"
2005 Apr 23, The leaders of
China and Japan met in an effort to end a dispute over Japan's World
War II aggression that has badly damaged relations between them.
They met on the sidelines of a summit for Asian and African leaders
2005 Apr 24, In China a
108-meter statue of Guanyin, an East Asian deity of mercy, was
enshrined after six years of construction on the south coast of the
island province Hainan near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya.
(Econ, 6/27/15, p.36)
2005 Apr 24, In northeast China
rescuers worked to free 69 coal miners trapped in a flooded mine at
the Tengda Coal Mine, run by the local government in Jiaohe, a city
in Jilin province.
2005 Apr 26, Lien Chan, the
leader of Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party, arrived in China on
an 8-day trip for the first meeting between the party of Chaing
Kai-shek and the communists since both sides split amid civil war
nearly six decades ago.
2005 Apr, Chinese journalist
Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally providing
state secrets to foreigners. He had detailed how his newspaper
colleagues were instructed not to commemorate the 15th anniversary
of 1989 pro-Democracy action. He was identified by his e-mail
address provided by Yahoo. Shi Tao was released on Aug 23, 2013.
(WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A16)(SFC, 9/9/13, p.A4)
2005 May 4, In China 178 birds
were found dead at Bird Island in Qinghai province in a lake that
served as a major area for research on migratory water fowl. They
were killed by the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus. The number
of dead birds was later raised to 1,500 with bar-headed geese among
the most dead.
(WSJ, 5/23/05, p.A11)(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A5)
2005 May 4, Chinese authorities
confined residents in Yanqing, 50 miles north of Beijing, to their
homes following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle.
Numerous farms were put under quarantine.
(WSJ, 5/24/05, p.A10)
2005 May 7, China and Japan
agreed to try to improve strained ties and meet soon to discuss a
disputed gas field.
2005 May 7, After extensive use
of H2OIL fuel additives for over 15 years, China will begin
manufacturing F2-21 nanotechnology fuel additives. H2OIL's first
overseas plant in Tianjin opened under a joint venture agreement
with PetroChina's Huafu Oilfield Chemical Company. F2-21, developed
by H2Oil president Richard Hicks, is a mixture of water, shampoo and
baby oil that forms nano-sized globules which explode in an engine’s
combustion chamber helping the gas to burn more cleanly and
(www.h2oil.com/press.shtml)(SFC, 3/23/06, p.C3)
2005 May 9, In northern China
nearly a dozen homes built into hillside caves were buried when the
soil above them collapsed, trapping 24 people.
2005 May 11, In northeastern
China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed nine miners.
2005 May 13, A senior Chinese
official met with President Fidel Castro during a visit aimed at
cementing political and economic ties between the two communist
2005 May 19, In northern China
a large gas explosion in a coal mine left at least 51 workers
trapped. 40 bodies were later found and 10 remained missing.
(AP, 5/19/05)(AP, 5/22/05)
2005 May 20, Chinese state
media reported China is to lift a decades-old ban on mainland
tourists visiting political rival Taiwan. Ultimately, however, it
was up to the Taiwan government to decide whether the floodgates
should be opened.
2005 May 20, In northern China
20 people died in mine explosions in two neighboring mines in Shanxi
2005 May 21, China ordered
emergency measures to prevent an outbreak of avian flu after
investigators said migratory birds found dead in a western province
this month were killed by the virus.
2005 May 23, In Shenzhen,
China, 16 buildings toppled near the Hong Kong border in what state
media said was the largest urban demolition blast ever in China.
2005 May 25, China rolled out
the red carpet for Uzbekistan's Pres. Karimov, underscoring the
importance it places on curbing the rise of Islamic militancy as it
welcomed the authoritarian leader criticized in the West for a
bloody crackdown on protesters. China signed a $600 million joint
oil venture with Uzbekistan.
(AP, 5/25/05)(WSJ, 5/26/05, p.A1)
2005 May 26, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that China has developed vaccines that block
the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu among birds and
2005 May 30, China scrapped
concessions meant to avert a trade war with the US and Europe,
withdrawing a plan to sharply increase export duties on Chinese-made
textiles that are flooding foreign markets. The turnaround followed
new import controls imposed by Washington and the EU, which China's
commerce minister called a violation of WTO rules.
2005 May 31, China said
reporter Ching Cheong of The Straits Times, Singapore's main
English-language newspaper, has admitted to spying for a foreign
intelligence agency. Cheong’s wife said he was arrested April 22
after a source gave him documents about purged former Communist
Party leader Zhao Ziyang, who died this year.
(AP, 5/31/05)(WSJ, 5/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 1, China began levying
a 5.5% tax on residential property sold after this date. It would
only be applied to property sold fewer than 2 years after its
(WSJ, 5/26/05, p.A10)
2005 Jun 1, China called a
resolution by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan to expand the U.N.
Security Council, and hopefully give them permanent seats,
"dangerous" and hinted it would use its veto power if necessary to
block final approval.
2005 Jun 1, In southern China
heavy rain triggered floods and mudslides, leaving about 200 people
dead or missing.
2005 Jun 2, Chinese, Indian and
Russian foreign ministers, meeting in Vladivostok, agreed to
intensify joint work against terrorism and underscored their common
approach to international affairs.
2005 Jun 4, It was reported
that the death rate on China’s roads, according to the WHO, was 680
per day plus 45,000 injuries. American traffic deaths in contrast
were at 115 per day.
(Econ, 6/4/05, p.25)
2005 Jun 4, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld said China is not a threat to the US but is
building up its military without being threatened by any other
country. The US commerce secretary warned China of a potential
political backlash in Washington amid tensions over mounting Chinese
trade surpluses, surging textile exports and rampant product piracy.
2005 Jun 4, Australian
officials said a senior Chinese diplomat has sought Australian
government protection for himself and his family, claiming he faces
persecution if he goes home. Analysts said Chen Yonglin's defection
could muddy Canberra's relations with Beijing.
2005 Jun 5, The Chinese
government said 3 days of flooding triggered by torrential rains
killed 204 people in China's south and desert northwest and left 79
missing at the beginning of the country's summer flood season.
2005 Jun 7, In Australia 2
Chinese defectors, one of them a diplomat who walked away from his
post, claim that China is running a spy network in Australia and
other Western countries.
2005 Jun 9, Chinese officials
signed preliminary agreements to invest about $1.5 billion in
construction, timber, agriculture and other industries in Russia.
2005 Jun 10, China resolved a
trade dispute over textiles with the EU.
(WSJ, 6/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 10, In northeast China
a torrent of water rushed down a mountain and hit a primary school
in Heilongjiang province, killing 91 people, most of them students,
and leaving another four people missing.
2005 Jun 10, In southern China
a fire raced through the top three floors of a hotel, killing 31
people and injuring 15 others.
2005 Jun 11, In northern China
an attack on a shantytown left six people dead and wounded 48
others. Villagers had disputed compensation offered by officials for
their land and occupied the proposed site in 2004. Authorities have
arrested more than 100 people and began investigating two Communist
Party officials following the attack.
(AP, 7/11/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.40)
2005 Jun 15, China's biggest
automaker, FAW Car Co., warned that its first-half net profit could
fall by more than 50 percent amid sluggish sales, rising costs and
government moves to tighten credit for buying cars.
2005 Jun 17, Bank of America
signed an agreement to buy a 9 percent stake in state-owned China
Construction Bank for $3 billion, the largest single purchase of
stock in a Chinese bank by a foreign financial institution.
2005 Jun 18, It was reported
that rising waters in China's central Dongting Lake, one of the
nation's largest freshwater bodies, are forcing millions of rats
into surrounding farmlands where the rodents are ravaging crops.
2005 Jun 19, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that the China Regulatory Commission had
approved 42 more companies to take part in a state share reform
program. 4 maiden companies were named a month earlier.
(WSJ, 6/20/05, p.C16)
2005 Jun 21, China appointed
Donald Tsang as Hong Kong's new leader for the next 2 years. The
veteran civil servant expressed confidence the territory will become
2005 Jun 22, Xinhua News said
flooding triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people and
forced the evacuation of more than 300,000 in a mountainous region
of southern China.
2005 Jun 22, It was reported
that China's Pearl River estuary is so badly polluted the fish that
once thrived in its waters have virtually vanished.
2005 Jun 23, Chinese state-run
oil firm CNOOC Ltd. said it is confident its $18.5 billion cash
offer for U.S. producer Unocal will prevail in the takeover battle
with Chevron Corp.
2005 Jun 24, China’s government
said flooding and mudslides have killed at least 567 people across
the country in the past two weeks, with more heavy rain forecast in
the southern province whose factories are the heart of the country's
booming export industries.
2005 Jun 25, In southern China
thousands of students rioted at Jiujiang Institute, a university
jointly run by the military, to protest high university fees,
overcrowded dorms and unappealing cafeteria food.
2005 Jun 26, Thousands of
Chinese rioted in a dispute sparked by a lopsided roadside brawl,
set fire to cars and wounded six police officers in Chizhou, eastern
2005 Jun 28, China said it will
begin filling its strategic oil reserve by the end of the year.
(WSJ, 6/29/05, p.A13)
2005 Jun 28, Avian flu has
killed 5,000 wild birds in China's northwest, the World Health
Organization said, five times the number previously reported by the
2005 Jun 28, In Madrid a
Tibetan group presented a criminal case against top Chinese
officials for genocide and crimes against humanity, seeking to take
advantage of Spain's laws on international human rights crimes.
2005 Jun 30, Chinese President
Hu Jintao visited Russia and is expected to bolster ties with
Beijing's former rival in hopes of quadrupling their trade turnover
to up to $80 billion a year by 2010.
2005 Jun 30, China overtook
Japan as the world’s largest holder of foreign exchange reserves.
The combined China and Hong Kong reserves stood at $833 billion.
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.80)
2005 Jun 30, The EU and China
plunged into a 2nd trade row, this time over shoes, but Brussels
said a deal was still possible over Beijing's surging footwear
2005 Jul 1, China and Russia
issued a declaration demanding respect for the right of all
countries to develop free of outside interference.
(SFC, 7/2/05, p.A14)
2005 Jul 2, A gas explosion at
an illegal coal mine in central China killed 19 workers.
2005 Jul 4, In China protests
began at the Jinxing Pharmaceutical plant in Xinchang, a town about
125 miles south of Shanghai, by local farmers angry over pollution.
2005 Jul 5, An alliance of
Russia, China and central Asian nations called for the US and
coalition members in Afghanistan to set a date for withdrawing from
member states, reflecting growing unease over America's regional
military presence. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes
China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
2005 Jul 6, China unveiled its
1st index of manufacturing-purchasing activity.
(WSJ, 7/7/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 6, In northeastern
China a bomb exploded in a shopping mall, injuring 47 people but
causing no deaths. Xinhua News said Ma Yuanxi, had fled China after
being suspected of murder but sneaked back into the country seeking
revenge in a dispute with another man.
2005 Jul 8, In China Exxon
Mobil Corp., Saudi Aramco and top Asian refiner Sinopec signed a
$3.5 billion deal to expand a refinery in south China, sealing what
they called the country's largest oil project.
2005 Jul 10, China said
torrential rains in the southwest have killed 65 people over the
past two weeks and forced more than 428,000 to flee their homes in
2005 Jul 11, An explosion in a
coal mine in China's far west killed 41 people, with another 42
2005 Jul 18, China evacuated
over 600,000 people from coastal areas after typhoon Haitang slammed
into Taiwan, killing up to four people.
2005 Jul 20, Haitang was
downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved into
southeast China, leaving a trail of destruction. The death toll in
Taiwan and in China rose to 15.
2005 Jul 21, China scrapped the
yuan's peg to the US dollar and tied it to a basket of currencies
revaluing the yuan by 2.1 percent and leaving the door open to
2005 Jul 21, Airbus said it has
received an order for 20 of its twin-aisle A330 passenger jets from
Air China, in a deal worth about 3.2 billion euros ($3.9 billion) at
2005 Jul 22, Taiwan will allow
computer maker Lenovo Ltd. to become the first mainland Chinese
company to establish a subsidiary on the island in a significant
step forward in commercial ties between the two rivals.
2005 Jul 23, Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe arrived in Beijing for a visit expected to include a
plea for oil and food to aid his state's failing economy.
2005 Jul 25, North Korean and
US negotiators held a rare one-on-one meeting in Beijing amid a
flurry of contacts between delegations to the six-nation talks aimed
at persuading the communist nation to relinquish its nuclear
2005 Jul 26, Chinese health
officials reported that over the last 4 weeks an unidentified
illness has killed 19 farmers and sickened 80 in southwestern China
after they butchered sick pigs or sheep. The pigs in question were
infected with streptococcus bacteria, a common pathogen in humans
and domestic animals.
2005 Jul 26, Six-party nuclear
disarmament talks opened in Beijing after a 13-month boycott by
North Korea, and the communist nation's envoy said his country was
ready to work on eliminating atomic weapons from the Korean
2005 Jul 27, North Korea said
it would give up its nuclear weapons only after the alleged US
atomic threat is removed from the divided peninsula and relations
with the US are normalized.
2005 Jul 29, Xinhua News said
China plans to sign a deal next month to buy 50 Boeing 787
Dreamliner jetliners in a deal worth $6 billion.
2005 Jul 30, The death toll in
China from a mysterious pig-borne disease continued to rise, with
several more cities affected. Sichuan province in southwestern China
has launched a campaign to educate poor, illiterate farmers not to
slaughter sick pigs or eat their meat after an outbreak of swine flu
hit about 100 villages and killed at least 34 people.
(Reuters, AFP, 7/30/05)
2005 Jul 30, In southern China
a brick wall collapsed at a festival, killing seven people and
injuring 22. The wall fell during the opening ceremony of an annual
"torch festival" celebrated by the Yi ethnic minority in Yunnan
province's Yuanyang county.
2005 Jul, Li Guang, a teacher
in a teacher in China’s northwestern Changhe township, was sentenced
to death for raping 23 fourth- and fifth-grade students.
(AP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2005 Aug 1-2005 Sep 2, An
American man and 11 Chinese citizens were arrested in a counterfeit
medicine scheme that spanned 11 countries and involved millions of
dollars worth of fake drugs.
2005 Aug 3, China's UN
ambassador said the US and China have agreed to work together to
block a plan to expand the powerful UN Security Council.
2005 Aug 5, China’s government
said Ching Cheong, a Hong-Kong based reporter, has been charged with
spying for Taiwan. China accusing him of obtaining huge amounts of
classified information under an alias.
2005 Aug 5, Baidu.com, a
Chinese search engine, went public on Nasdaq and closed up 354% at
(SFC, 8/6/05, p.C1)
2005 Aug 6-2005 Aug 8, Tropical
Storm Matsa hit China’s eastern province of Zhejiang. 13 people were
killed since it hit the mainland as a typhoon. Beijing's Municipal
Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters was preparing to
evacuate as many as 40,000 people in the mountains north of Beijing
as Tropical Storm Matsa approached.
2005 Aug 7, In southern China
rescuers attempted to reach 123 miners trapped in a flooded coal
(AP, 8/7/05)(AP, 8/9/05)
2005 Aug 9, China’s official
media reported that 123 miners trapped in south China have little
chance of survival. One body was recovered the next day.
(AP, 8/9/05)(AP, 8/11/05)
2005 Aug 9, Australia’s Foreign
Minister Alexander Downer said Australia and China are negotiating
an agreement to allow Australia to export uranium to China for
2005 Aug 11, Beijing ordered an
investigation into the cause of a flood at a coal shaft in southern
China. Hopes of finding survivors among the 122 miners still trapped
underground all but disappeared.
2005 Aug 11, Yahoo agreed to
pay $1 billion in cash and turn over its Chinese operations to
Alibaba in return for a 40% stake in the Chinese e-commerce company.
Jack Ma started Alibaba.com in 1999 to support small business people
(WSJ, 8/12/05, p.A1,B1)
2005 Aug 12, Liu Jinbao, a
former president of state-owned Bank of China's Hong Kong branch
fired in May, 2003, received a suspended death sentence for
embezzlement in an apparent effort by Beijing to help restore faith
in its scandal-plagued banks as they prepare to sell shares abroad.
Mr. Liu was convicted of embezzling $1.8 million with others plus
and additional amount for himself.
(AP, 8/12/05)(WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A11)
2005 Aug 16, A university
professor in Shanghai said is he is offering China's first class on
homosexuality and gay culture and that several hundred students have
applied for the 100 openings.
2005 Aug 16, A top Indian
official said Indian and Chinese oil firms will sign agreements
aimed at bidding jointly for foreign oil and gas projects and
reducing cut-throat competition.
2005 Aug 17, China announced a
broad crackdown on all media harmful to young people.
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.33)
2005 Aug 17, Researchers from
Greenpeace Int’l reported that toxic waste from electronic devices
discarded in the US and dismantled in China and India was posing a
sever problem around Guiyu, China, and New Delhi, India.
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.C3)
2005 Aug 18, British bank Royal
Bank of Scotland (RBoS) announced that it would lead a consortium to
buy a 10-percent stake in Bank of China for 3.1 billion dollars (2.5
2005 Aug 18, China and Russia
began unprecedented joint military exercises involving air, sea and
land forces, as commanders from both nations insisted the war games
weren't meant to intimidate other countries.
2005 Aug 20, Protesters
demanding the closure of an eastern China battery factory they say
is spewing lead into the environment clashed with police, and dozens
of people were injured.
2005 Aug 23, China submitted
legislation to cut income taxes on its poorest workers.
(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A9)
2005 Aug 24, Chinese share
prices surged after the government issued new market guidelines and
pledged to push ahead with shareholding reforms.
2005 Aug 24, In southern China
a bus swerved to avoid an oncoming bicycle and veered onto a
roadside crowded with pedestrians in Shenzhen, killing 19 people and
2005 Aug 25, Thousands of
Chinese and Russian troops wrapped up their historic first joint
military exercises with a mock invasion by paratroopers on China's
east coast. The eight-day exercises with 7,000 Chinese troops and
1,800 Russians underscored growing military ties between the former
Cold War enemies.
2005 Aug 25, In China Monsignor
Xie Shiguang (88), the bishop of Mingdong, died of leukemia. He was
first arrested in 1955 by Chinese authorities "because of his
loyalty and obedience to the pope," and released a year later. He
was next arrested in 1958 and stayed in jail until his release in
1980. Xie was also jailed from 1984-1987, and finally for two years
starting in 1990, and was kept under surveillance by authorities
until his death.
2005 Aug 28, A committee of
China’s male-dominated parliament amended the Law on the Protection
of the Rights and Interests of Women. It made sexual harassment of
women unlawful and stipulated that equality between men and women is
a basic state policy.
(Econ, 9/3/05, p.38)
2005 Aug 30, It was reported
that China's top lender, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, is
selling a 10 percent stake to investment bank Goldman Sachs,
American Express and the German insurer Allianz. ICBC is also
shedding $17.3 billion in bad loans to prepare for an overseas
(AP, 8/31/05)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.67)
2005 Aug 30, In China tobacco
smugglers from Shangdeng were intercepted by authorities from nearby
Yantang and 2 smugglers ended up killed. Shangdeng residents sacked
the Yantang City Hall in response.
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.A25)
2005 Aug 31, The Chinese
government signed an agreement with the UN human rights agency to
collaborate on reforming China's legal system in preparation for
adopting a key UN treaty on civil and political rights.
2005 Aug 31, A government
newspaper reported that China is suspending production at 7,000 coal
mines, nearly one-third of the nationwide total, in a safety
crackdown on the accident-plagued industry.
2005 Sep 1, Nearly 600,000
people were evacuated as Typhoon Talim plowed into southern China,
forcing authorities to shut down schools, highways and airports.
2005 Sep 1, The United States
slapped extra curbs on Chinese imports, hours after talks on a
formula to deal with China's surging textile shipments ended in
2005 Sep 2, China said it plans
to end a 1998 prohibition on direct sales on Dec. 1, clearing the
way for such companies as Avon Products Inc. to expand into its
booming market for cosmetics and other consumer products.
2005 Sep 2, China’s government
said torrential rains and flooding from Typhoon Talim killed at
least 10 people and left 15 missing in eastern China.
2005 Sep 3, Chinese President
Hu Jintao postponed his official visit to Washington next week due
to Hurricane Katrina.
2005 Sep 5, China said the
death toll from last week's Typhoon Talim climbed by 13 to at least
95 on the mainland, with another 30 people missing.
2005 Sep 5, China and the EU
reached an agreement to unblock some 77 million garments held up at
European borders after Chinese textile imports broke through 2005
2005 Sep 6, China’s state media
reported that Muslim separatists in western China have carried out
260 attacks in the past decade, killing 160 people and injuring 440.
2005 Sep 7, European Union
governments backed a deal to unblock Chinese textiles held at EU
borders, ending a trade dispute that saw some 77 million garments
pile up after imports broke through 2005 limits.
2005 Sep 8, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Canada for his first state visit, celebrating
35 years of diplomatic ties and rapidly expanding trade and energy
agreements with Canada.
2005 Sep 9, China deployed a
fleet of 5 warships near a gas field in the East China Sea, an area
disputed by China and Japan.
(SSFC, 9/11/05, p.A12)
2005 Sep 9, It was reported
that China Telecom has started blocking access to Skype, a popular
Internet telephone service that is threatening its long-distance
2005 Sep 10, Chinese President
Hu Jintao urged Canada to expand its investment in the Asian giant
and pledged to improve living standards in the world's most populous
2005 Sep 11, Typhoon Khanun
made a direct hit on Taizhou city in prosperous eastern China after
nearly a million villagers and farmers had been evacuated from
flimsy coastal and hillside huts to safety.
2005 Sep 12, An official said
China will no longer consider death tolls and other relevant
information about natural disasters to be state secrets in a move
aimed at boosting government transparency.
2005 Sep 12, The new Hong Kong
Disneyland theme park on Lantau Island opened. Zeng Qinghong,
China’s vice-president, presided over opening ceremonies.
(SSFC, 9/18/05, p.C2)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.44)
2005 Sep 12, In Mexico Chinese
President Hu Jintao promised Mexican leaders that he would crack
down on the millions of dollars worth of Chinese contraband entering
their nation, goods that undermine Mexican businesses ranging from
sandal makers to religious icon sellers.
2005 Sep 13, Pres. Bush met
briefly with Chinese Pres. Hu Jintao in NYC on the sidelines of the
opening session of the UN General Assembly. Bush sought China's help
to stop nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran and won a
pledge from President Hu Jintao to step up pressure on Pyongyang.
(SFC, 9/14/05, p.C1)(AP, 9/13/06)
2005 Sep 13, Negotiations aimed
at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program resumed in Beijing
after a monthlong recess, but prospects for progress were uncertain
as Pyongyang remained insistent on its right to use civilian atomic
2005 Sep 15, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao spoke at the UN and called for a “harmonious world."
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.23)
2005 Sep 19, China's state
media reported that its family planning agency admitted that
officials in the eastern province of Shandong had carried out forced
abortions and sterilizations. Time magazine last week reported that
at least 7,000 people in Shandong were forcibly sterilized earlier
this year by officials under pressure to limit the growth of the
country's massive population.
2005 Sep 19, An Indonesian
warship fired on a Chinese fishing fleet it suspected of using
illegal nets, killing one crew member and wounding two others in the
Arafuru sea off Papua Island.
2005 Sep 23, The People’s Bank
of China said the yuan would be allowed to fluctuate by 3% a day
against the euro, yen and other non-dollar currencies, compared with
a 1.5% previous limit. Movements against the dollar remained limited
(Econ, 10/1/05, p.71)
2005 Sep 25, China’s government
said it is imposing new regulations to control content on its news
Web sites, another step in its ongoing effort to police a rapidly
expanding Internet population.
2005 Sep 25, A group of
pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China
for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after
the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. They put their case for
electoral reform directly to a Chinese communist leader for the
first time, but complained that they were rebuffed.
(Reuters, 9/25/05)(AFP, 9/25/05)
2005 Sep 26, China's navy
commissioned the first in a new class of domestically designed and
built warships. The missile frigate Wenzhou, named after a port city
in eastern China, entered service at a ceremony attended by East
China Fleet commander Zhao Guojun.
2005 Sep 26, Typhoon Damrey
slammed into southern China's resort island of Hainan, killing at
least two people, collapsing houses and sweeping away rice, rubber
and banana crops.
2005 Sep 28, China announced
color-coded emergency measures to avert or handle an influenza
pandemic amid fears that a deadly strain of bird flu could mutate
and infect millions of people around the world.
2005 Sep 28, It was reported
that General Electric has agreed to pay $100 million for a 7% stake
in China’s Shenzhen Development Bank.
(WSJ, 9/29/05, p.A2)
2005 Sep, In China the Univ. of
Nottingham opened a $68 million branch in Ningbo. Britain’s Univ. of
Liverpool also began a joint-venture university with China in
2005 Sep, Chinese surgeons at
Guangzhou General Hospital performed a successful penis transplant.
They were forced to remove it after 2 weeks because of psychological
problems experienced by the man and his wife. Guangzhou is the
Mandarin for Canton.
(SFC, 9/20/06, p.A2)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.18)
2005 Oct 1, Tens of thousands
of Chinese marked the 56th anniversary of Communist rule in
Beijing's Tiananmen Square with the country enjoying the benefits of
two decades of rapid economic growth but still facing deep-seated
2005 Oct 1, China and Japan
ended 2 days of talks with no resolution on their territorial
dispute in the East China Sea, which focused on oil and gas deposits
straddling the border.
(Econ, 10/8/05, p.52)
2005 Oct 4, China’s state media
reported that raging floodwaters spawned by Typhoon Longwang along
the southeastern coast swept away at least 80 paramilitary police
officers and washed away two buildings at a military training
2005 Oct 8, In eastern China 22
passengers were killed when a bus plunged into a river in Zhejiang
province as the National Day holiday week wound down.
2005 Oct 11, China's ruling
party said communist leaders have approved an economic plan aimed at
easing the growing and politically explosive gap between its rich
2005 Oct 12, A rocket carrying
two Chinese astronauts blasted off from a base in China's desert
northwest Gansu province, returning the country's manned space
program to orbit two years after its history-making first flight.
(AP, 10/12/05)(Econ, 10/15/05, p.46)
2005 Oct 12, In eastern China a
man armed with homemade guns opened fire at a primary school,
injuring 16 students before escaping.
2005 Oct 13, Chinese
archeologists reported their find of a 4,000 year-old container in
northwestern China of noodles made from millet.
(SFC, 10/13/05, p.A2)
2005 Oct 14, A trade delegation
of some 300 Chinese officials and business executives visited SF for
the 1st Hong Kong-Guangdong Business Conference USA.
(SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 15-2005 Oct 16, The
G20 group of rich and developing nations met in Xianghe, China. They
sounded the alarm over high oil prices but barely touched on the
role a stronger yuan could play in easing world economic imbalances.
2005 Oct 16, In China top US
economic officials, led by Treasury Secretary John Snow and Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, began talks with their Chinese
counterparts on rancorous economic issues, including Beijing's
currency controls and its huge and growing trade surplus. This is
the 17th meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Economic Commission since
the forum was founded in 1979 to thrash out economic issues.
2005 Oct 17, China’s Shenzhou 6
capsule carrying astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng landed
before dawn by parachute in China's northern grasslands after a
2005 Oct 17, Two days of
U.S.-Chinese trade talks ended with no response by China to an
ambitious American proposal to reform its financial sector and open
its markets wider to foreign products, while also moving faster on
2005 Oct 17, Deutsche Bank AG
and private bank Sal. Oppenheim said they would acquire a combined
14% stake in China's Hua Xia Bank in a deal worth 272 million euros
2005 Oct 17, Ba Jin (100), one
of China's most revered communist-era writers who attacked the evils
of the pre-revolutionary era in novels, short stories and essays,
died of cancer in Shanghai. He is best known for his 1931 novel
"Family," the story of a disintegrating feudal household. Ba Jin
also translated the Russian writers Ivan Turgenev and Pyotr
2005 Oct 18, An environmental
watchdog alleged that Chinese logging companies in Myanmar have
illegally exported huge amounts of timber in collusion with the
military government and ethnic guerrillas, destroying ecologically
unique forest areas.
2005 Oct 18, World Bank
President Paul Wolfowitz prodded China to give more power to the
people for the sake of sustaining strong economic growth.
2005 Oct 19, China’s government
said some 2,600 birds have been found dead of bird flu in northern
China's grasslands, amid reports of new outbreaks in Europe and
2005 Oct 19, In China Tan Kai
was taken into custody in the eastern city of Hangzhou. He was
detained after he opened a bank account as part of efforts to
register an environmental group, "Green Watch." He went on trial in
May, 2006, on alleged charges of stealing state secrets, which
stemmed from repairs he did on a computer belonging to a member of
the provincial Communist Party committee.
2005 Oct 22, China’s
legislature agreed to cut income taxes on the country’s poorest
workers. The cutoff point to pay taxes was raised from 800 yuan to
1600 yuan ($198) per month.
(WSJ, 10/24/05, p.A13)
2005 Oct 22, A bird flu
outbreak killed 545 chickens and ducks in central China and prompted
authorities to destroy 2,487 others.
2005 Oct 23, In southern China
an explosion at a coal mine killed 15 miners and injured 3.
2005 Oct 25, A UN official said
a bird flu outbreak sickened 2,100 geese in eastern China and killed
about a quarter of them, the country's second outbreak reported in a
2005 Oct 25, A Canadian court
approved a $4.2 billion takeover of PetroKazakhstan by China's
largest oil company, China National Petroleum Corp., clearing the
final potential obstacle to China's biggest foreign acquisition yet.
2005 Oct 25, In southwest China
a stampede on a stairwell at an elementary school in Tongjiang
killed seven children and injured 37.
2005 Oct 25, Carlyle, a
private-equity firm, paid $375 million for an 85% stake in Xugong,
China’s leading maker of construction machinery and became the 1st
foreign buyout group to gain control of a big Chinese company.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.71)
2005 Oct 26, Toyota Motor Corp.
said that its joint venture with China's biggest automaker plans to
build a 3rd plant in China with annual production capacity of
200,000 passenger cars.
2005 Oct 26, Former Vice
President Rong Yiren (89), a textile magnate who joined with China's
communists and helped launch Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms,
earning the nickname "Red Capitalist," died in Beijing.
(AP, 10/27/05)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.94)
2005 Oct 27, In Honk Kong the
IPO of China Construction Bank raised $8 billion from foreign
investors for a 12% stake. Ahead of the float CCB sold a 9% stake to
Bank of America and a 5.1% stake to Temasek, a Singapore investment
(Econ, 10/29/05, p.71)
2005 Oct 28, China's President
Hu Jintao flew to North Korea to meet with reclusive leader Kim Jong
Il ahead of new nuclear talks and was greeted by cheering crowds of
thousands on a rare visit by a leader of the North's last major
2005 Oct 31, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Vietnam on a mission to expand booming trade ties
between the communist nations.
2005 Nov 2, China’s government
made public the results of a 2-month investigation into conflicts of
interest in the coal industry and found that 4,578 government
officials illegally held stakes in coal mines, where corruption and
other abuses contributed to thousands of deaths each year.
(WSJ, 11/3/05, p.A10)
2005 Nov 2, Chinese scientists
said they had gathered evidence that shows a giant object in the
center of our galaxy is a super-massive black hole.
2005 Nov 3, North Korea's
abduction of Japanese citizens decades ago took center stage at the
opening of talks in Beijing between the former bitter enemies.
2005 Nov 4, China reported its
fourth bird flu outbreak in three weeks, saying that 8,940 chickens
died in a northeastern village despite a nationwide effort to
contain the virus. The discovery prompted authorities to destroy
about 370,000 birds.
2005 Nov 5, More than 50,000
people flocked to the opening day of a racy sex festival in southern
China in a sign the conservative nation is shedding its sexual
taboos. The three-day event began in the southern province of
Guangzhou. It featured lingerie shows and adult toy exhibitions as
experts and local authorities sought to convey information about the
dangers of unsafe sex.
2005 Nov 5, US industry
officials said the US and China have reached a tentative agreement
to limit imports of Chinese clothing and textile products into the
2005 Nov 6, China said it had
asked the World Health Organization to help it determine whether the
death of a 12-year-old girl last month was caused by bird flu.
2005 Nov 6, In northern China
an explosion at a coal mine killed 13 miners and left three missing
at the Taiping Colliery in Shanxi province's Qingxu County.
2005 Nov 6, In northern China a
cave-in at a gypsum mine killed 27 workers and trapped 20 others.
The mine collapse occurred in Xingtai, a city in Hebei province, and
affected two other nearby mines.
2005 Nov 7, Chinese authorities
ordered all live poultry markets in Beijing to close immediately and
went door-to-door seizing chickens and ducks from private homes, as
the government dramatically beefed up its fight against bird flu.
2005 Nov 8, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Britain for a 3-day state visit that will
include a banquet dinner with Queen Elizabeth II and trade talks
with PM Tony Blair. Jintao faced protests from human rights
campaigners upon his arrival in London.
2005 Nov 8, The US State
Department issued its 7th annual report to Congress on religious
freedom. It cited Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi
Arabia, Sudan and Vietnam as restricting religious freedom.
2005 Nov 9, Chinese President
Hu Jintao met Prime Minister Tony Blair as business leaders signed
$1.3 billion in contracts and human rights protesters demonstrated
outside Blair's office.
2005 Nov 10, China reported
that its trade surplus surged to $12 billion in October, the highest
monthly total this year, as exports continued to outpace imports.
2005 Nov 10, Authorities in
China said they have quarantined 116 people in northeastern Liaoning
province after two new outbreaks of bird flu there.
2005 Nov 10, Russia captured
the world chess team championship with a last-minute,
come-from-behind victory over the surprised Chinese team.
2005 Nov 11, In an elaborate,
nationally televised gala at a Beijing sports arena to mark the
1,000-day countdown until the Games, senior Chinese leaders
introduced their Olympic mascots: cartoon renditions of a panda,
fish, Tibetan antelope, swallow and the Olympic flame, each one the
color of one of the Olympic rings.
2005 Nov 11, In Beijing the US
and North Korea urged each other to make concessions as a round of
six-nation talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear programs
concluded with no sign of progress or a date to meet again.
2005 Nov 13, China's President
Hu Jintao has arrived in Spain for the final leg of a European trip
dominated by trade, but was again set to be dogged by protests over
his country's human rights record.
2005 Nov 13, In China's
northeast a series of explosions at a chemical plant in Jilin,
Xinhua, killed five people, left dozens hospitalized and forced more
than 10,000 others to flee their homes fearing contamination and
more blasts. Benzene leaked into the Songhua River and forced
officials to close the water supply to Harbin. News of the leak was
kept secret for days.
(AP, 11/14/05)(AP, 11/25/05)
2005 Nov 14, It was reported
that Liu Qibing, a trader handling Chinese strategic commodity
reserves, had shorted some 100k to 200k tons of copper. Copper
prices moved up in response.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.81)
2005 Nov 14, China reported a
new case of bird flu in poultry in the country's east, its ninth
outbreak since Oct. 19.
2005 Nov 14, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger arrived in China on a six-day mission to promote
California products and encourage Chinese officials to crack down on
the piracy of copyrighted music, movies and software.
2005 Nov 16, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Seoul for talks with South Korea's president
and an annual meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders, the first time in a
decade a Chinese president has visited South Korea.
2005 Nov 16, China reported its
first three confirmed human cases of bird flu as the government
raced to vaccinate billions of chickens, ducks and other poultry in
a massive effort to stop the spread of the virus. 2 cases were
confirmed in the province of Hunan in central China and one in Anhui
in the east.
2005 Nov 17, Chinese President
Hu Jintao assured a Pacific Rim forum in South Korea that there is
nothing to fear from his fast-developing country, which he said has
great potential to contribute to global peace.
2005 Nov 18, China and Chile
signed a free-trade agreement on behalf of their nations, the first
between China and a Latin American country.
2005 Nov 19, President Bush
arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders. Bush and other
Pacific Rim leaders urged Europe to show new flexibility on farm
subsidies, an issue that has stalled global trade negotiations. The
21 APEC leaders promised to boost cooperation on fighting terrorism
and preparing for a possible flu pandemic. They endorsed a roadmap
for lifting trade barriers across APEC member countries and launched
an initiative to protect intellectual property.
(AP, 11/19/05)(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A8)
2005 Nov 19, A US official said
China will buy 70 Boeing 737 airliners as President Bush arrived on
a visit expected to include discussion of Beijing's surging trade
surplus with the US.
2005 Nov 20, US President
George W. Bush pressed President Hu Jintao to rein in China's
swelling trade surplus and push forward currency reform after
calling for greater religious freedom. Hu Jintao has rebuffed Bush's
calls to allow greater religious and political freedom but promised
to show more flexibility on Sino-US economic disputes.
2005 Nov 20, China reported two
new outbreaks of bird flu in which almost 3,700 poultry died and
more than 7,000 were culled as provinces hit by the deadly virus
tightened preventive measures.
2005 Nov 21, China ordered
already strict anti-bird flu measures tightened following two new
outbreaks in poultry, while Romania said it would destroy 2,000 farm
birds after finding the virus in hens and North Korea tightened
2005 Nov 22, China’s
northeastern city of Harbin said its water system will be shut down
for four days to check for contamination from a Nov. 13 chemical
plant explosion, setting off panic buying of bottled water among its
3 million residents.
(AP, 11/22/05)(AP, 11/25/05)
2005 Nov 22, A woman farmer in
east China died from bird flu after contact with sick poultry,
becoming the third confirmed human case in the country and the 2nd
2005 Nov 24, A man in south
China was sentenced to death for leading a gang that kidnapped 38
children and sold them to other families for adoption.
2005 Nov 24, In China a slick
of river-borne toxins from a chemical plant explosion flowed into
Harbin as the government dug wells after shutting down its water
system to protect residents. A 50-mile-long patch of water carrying
toxic benzene began entering Harbin, a city of 3.8 million people in
China's northeast, before dawn. A chemical plant explosion Nov. 13
in the nearby city of Jilin spewed toxic benzene into the Songhua
2005 Nov 24, In southwestern
China an explosion at the Yingte Chemical Company in Dianjiang
killed one worker. This prompted fears of a 2nd benzene leak and
warnings to residents not to drink river water.
2005 Nov 25, Pushing China's
foreign exchange reform ahead by another step, the central bank
carried out its first currency swap deals with local banks in a move
that could help bring more flexibility to the market.
2005 Nov 25, China's Ministry
of Agriculture confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Zalantun city in
northern China's Inner Mongolia bringing to 23 the number of
outbreaks of the disease.
2005 Nov 26, A magnitude 5.7
earthquake shook part of central China, killing at least 15 people,
injuring more than 450 and destroying hundreds of buildings.
2005 Nov 27, Running water was
restored in Harbin, China, a city of 3.8 million people where a
chemical spill forced a 5-day shutdown. Officials warned it was not
immediately safe to drink.
2005 Nov 27, In northeast China
coal dust caught fire at the Dongfeng coal mine in the city of Qitai
while 221 miners were working underground. The final death toll
reached 171. In 2007 the owner and four employees of the mine were
sentenced to prison terms ranging from 3 1/2 to six years.
(AP, 11/28/05)(AP, 12/06/05)(AP, 12/22/07)
2005 Nov 30, Dalianhe, China,
shut down its water system as a toxic slick caused by the Nov 13
chemical plant explosion at Jilin arrived on the Songhua River.
2005 Nov 30, SF mayor Gavin
Newsom signed a new memorandum of agreement with Shanghai Mayor Han
Zheng, the 8th since the 2 cities forged a formal relationship in
(SFC, 12/1/05, p.B10)
2005 Nov, China decided to
implement int’l. accounting standards. Rules to this end went into
effect in January 2007.
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.63)
2005 Dec 1, Thousands marched
in anti-AIDS rallies in India's plagued northeast, while China
rolled out a campaign targeting millions of migrant workers to mark
World AIDS Day.
2005 Dec 2, Manfred Nowak, the
first UN torture investigator to visit China said that abuse was
still widespread and authorities subjected detainees to electric
shocks, beatings and sleep deprivation. He also accused the
government of obstructing his work.
2005 Dec 2, China’s state news
said police in southern China have arrested 16 people allegedly
involved in kidnapping and selling baby girls as young as newborns
2005 Dec 2, Jiamusi, a second
city in northeast China, shut down a water plant on a poisoned
river, fearing contamination from the approaching toxic chemicals.
The slick on the Amur River, which is fed by the Songhua River,
originally 50 miles long, now stretched for 90 miles.
2005 Dec 2, In China 16 workers
were killed and 42 others trapped in two separate coal mine
2005 Dec 3, Economic officials
from the world's richest countries resumed their pressure on China
to adopt a more flexible exchange rate as they concluded a meeting
2005 Dec 4, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao arrived in France for a four-day visit. The Chinese
government and the European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus
signed a cooperation agreement at a public ceremony in Toulouse that
may pave the way for the opening of an aircraft assembly plant in
2005 Dec 5, China ordered 150
Airbus single-aisle A320 airliners, more than twice as many plane
orders as the company's U.S.-based rival Boeing Co. snagged from
China last month.
2005 Dec 6, China reported that
a 10-year old girl in the Guangxi region had tested positive for
bird flu, its 4th case of the deadly H5N1 strain.
(WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 6-2005 Dec 7, In
southern China police allegedly killed as many as 10-20 protesters
in a dispute over land use in Dongzhou. Villagers were angry over
land confiscations and plans to construct a wind power plant. Armed
police sealed off the village following the violent clashes. State
news later reported 3 villagers killed and 8 wounded.
(AP, 12/09/05)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.A15)(SSFC,
2005 Dec 6, In China Wang Wei,
the vice mayor of Jilin, was found dead. He was in charge of the
environment affairs and had denied that the Nov 13 explosion in a
petrochemical plant had caused any environmental damage.
(WSJ, 12/8/05, p.A15)
2005 Dec 7, In northern China
an explosion tore through the Liuguantun coal mine in Hebei province
and killed at least 91 workers. Police arrested seven people accused
of responsibility for a coal mine disaster.
2005 Dec 8, China announced a
fifth human case of bird flu, a 31-year-old female farmer who fell
ill after contact with dead birds but has since recovered.
2005 Dec 9, In Beijing, China,
the US ambassador for fighting international slavery said that many
North Korean refugees who flee to China every year end up as sex
slaves and China often sends them back for punishment.
2005 Dec 10, China’s Ministry
of Railways signed an agreement to let an American subsidiary of
Shanghai-based TZG Partners operate a luxury train service that will
cross the Tibetan plateau. Custom carriages will need oxygen levels
adjusted for the high altitude.
(WSJ, 12/12/05, p.A17)
2005 Dec 10, In Dongzhou,
China, residents of the southern village near Hong Kong described a
tense standoff in the area with thousands of armed troops patrolling
the perimeter and blocking anyone from leaving. Frightened villagers
said they were either hunkering down at home or arguing with police,
who are refusing to return the dead to their families. Police had
opened fire on demonstrators there on Dec 6.
2005 Dec 10, China and Portugal
vowed to boost their economic cooperation in resource-rich former
Portuguese colonies in Africa as the premiers of the two nations
attended a business conference in Lisbon.
2005 Dec 10, Miss Iceland,
Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir (21), an anthropology and law student
and part-time policewoman, was crowned Miss World on the southern
Chinese resort island of Hainan.
2005 Dec 11, China’s government
said the commander of forces that shot and killed people protesting
land seizures in a southern village has been detained, as police in
riot gear patrolled the community and appealed for order.
2005 Dec 12, The Organization
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said China
surpassed the US as the world's top exporter of laptop computers,
mobile phones and other information and communications technology
devices in 2004.
2005 Dec 14, The Walt Disney
Co. announced its first film production in China, adding to its
efforts to break into the booming Chinese entertainment market.
2005 Dec 15, In China's
northeast Patients leapt from the windows of a burning four-story
hospital to escape a blaze that killed at least 39 people in
2005 Dec 15, Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev ceremonially opened the taps of a new pipeline
carrying oil from one of the region's greatest energy powers to one
of its hungriest consumers, China.
2005 Dec 18, Chinese state
media published the names of three villagers killed by police during
a protest over the seizure of land for a power plant and provided a
rare and vivid account of the small-town politics that led to the
2005 Dec 18, In China
authorities ordered a smelter in Shaoguan to halt the discharge of
waste into the Bei River that contained an unusual amount of
(SFC, 12/22/05, p.A9)
2005 Dec 19, A World Bank fund
signed deals to buy pollution credits from two Chinese chemical
companies for $930 million under a plan that lets richer countries
meet commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions by paying for
reductions in poorer economies.
2005 Dec 20, China said its
economy is much bigger and less dependent on exports than previously
reported, issuing new data that analysts said make its roaring
growth look easier to sustain and could encourage even more foreign
2005 Dec 22, China's southern
business capital of Guangzhou rushed to ensure water supplies as a
toxic spill from a smelter flowed toward the city of 7 million
people 60 miles north of Hong Kong. Yingde, a smaller city nearby,
stopped drawing drinking water from the contaminated Bei river. The
spill from a smelter in Shaoguan pushed up levels of the heavy metal
cadmium in the Bei to 10 times acceptable limits.
2005 Dec 22, A toxic spill from
China reached Khabarovsk, and the region's governor appealed for
calm in the Far Eastern Russian city, where residents have crammed
their apartments with bottles, pails, pans and even bathtubs full of
2005 Dec 22, In southwestern
China a gas explosion at a road construction site killed 42 people
in Sichuan province.
2005 Dec 23, China’s government
announced that it has dismissed two provincial deputy governors and
prosecuted 96 officials blamed for six high-profile coal mine
accidents that killed a total of 528 people over the past 13 months.
2005 Dec 23, In China's
southwestern city of Chongqing Xu Wanping (44) was sentenced by a
court after being convicted of subversion charges. He was convicted
and jailed for 12 years for organizing anti-Japanese protests on the
2005 Dec 23, In China’s Henan
province a blast triggered a fire that swept through a long-distance
bus, killing 11 passengers and seriously injuring three. Chinese
police later detained the suspected architect of a bus bombing
designed to kill his wife.
2005 Dec 23, Yao Wenyuan (74),
the last surviving member of the Gang of Four, died. The Gang of
Four, reportedly given its name by then-Chinese leader Mao Zedong,
directed the purge of moderate party officials and intellectuals
during the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution.
(AP, 1/6/06)(Econ, 1/14/06, p.84)
2005 Dec 24, China and North
Korea signed an agreement to jointly develop offshore oil reserves.
2005 Dec 25, In China a fire at
an unlicensed bar killed at least 26 people and injured eight in
Zhongstan, which abuts Macau west of Hong Kong.
2005 Dec 26, News reports said
China has closed 2,411 coal mines for safety violations, and will
start requiring mines to post safety bonds. 12,990 mines were
ordered to suspend operations for safety inspections.
2005 Dec 27, In China Tian
Fengshan, former minister of land and resources, was sentenced to
life in prison on charges of taking $545,000 in bribes from
2005 Dec 27, US financial
services giant Citigroup Inc. said it plans to increase its stake in
China's Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to 19.9 percent, the
maximum legal holding for a single foreign bank in a local lender.
2005 Dec 28, Police blocked a
Chinese family from holding a news conference in Beijing to
publicize complaints of police brutality in their village. The Fengs
and a fellow villager complained that police in Xiong County, 50
miles from Beijing in Hebei province, beat two of them and refused
to pursue complaints of rape and assault.
2005 Dec 28, In China 17 coal
miners working at the Fanjiasi mine in Dianwan town, Zuoyun county,
were trapped by flooding. On Dec 31 eight were confirmed dead.
2005 Dec 29, China’s Premier
Wen Jiabao warned in a speech against land seizure abuses. The
speech was published Jan 20, 2006.
(WSJ, 1/21/06, p.A1)
2005 Dec 29, Reporters at a
Beijing newspaper known for covering sensitive topics walked off the
job after editor Yang Bin was removed this week amid efforts to
tighten press controls.
2005 Dec 29, China’s government
said about 300 million people living in the vast countryside drink
unsafe water tainted by chemicals and other contaminants in its
latest acknowledgment of mounting risks from widespread pollution.
2005 Dec 29, China confirmed
its 7th human infection, and third human death, from bird flu, after
health officials revealed a factory worker (41) died from the
disease over a week ago.
2005 Dec 30, State media said
Chinese police have closed 598 Web sites in a crackdown on
pornography, but online gambling and fraud are growing.
2005 Tim Clissold authored “Mr.
China," an account of how Chinese partners cheated Asimco out of
millions. In 2008 Jack Perkowski, who ran Asimco for 13 years,
authored “Managing the Dragon: How I'm Building a Billion-Dollar
Business in China."
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.80)
2005 Robert Lawrence Kuhn,
investment banker, authored “The Life and legacy of Jiang Zemin."
(WSJ, 3/9/05, p.B1)
2005 James McGregor authored
“One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing
Business in China ."
2005 In China the “Xi Yangyang"
(Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf), a children’s animated TV show, was
launched. In 2013 state broadcasting authorites issued plans for
stricter control of violence in the shows.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.50)
2005 China produced 260 films
this year compared to 425 in America and over 800 in India.
(Econ, 4/29/06, p.69)
2005 China appointed Zhang
Qingli, a Han Chinese, as Tibet’s party chief.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.29)
2005 Over 31 million Chinese
traveled abroad, but most were border tourists going to Hong Kong
and Macao. Just 1 million visited Europe and only a handful made it
to the US and Canada, which still restrict Chinese visitors.
(Econ, 6/24/06, p.74)
2005 In China more than 6,000
people died in accidents in its coal mines and petroleum industries
in this year, with the proportion of those killed in major disasters
2005 China surpassed the US in
exporting the most technology wares around the world.
(Econ, 12/17/05, p.58)
2005 A Chinese government
think-tank declared medical reforms to be “basically a failure."
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.45)
2005 China’s government in 2006
said AIDS surpassed hepatitis B to become China's third-deadliest
infectious disease in 2005. Some 130 million Chinese carried the
hepatitis B virus. The UN estimated that 55,000 people were infected
with HIV from commercial blood and plasma donations.
(AP, 2/13/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.45)(Econ,
2005 China's Health Ministry
reported almost 34,000 food-related illnesses, with spoiled food
accounting for the largest number, followed by poisonous plants or
animals and use of agricultural chemicals.
2005 Japanese investment in
China reached $6.5 billion, more than a tenth of the total received
by China this year.
(Econ, 10/7/06, p.30)
2005 A syndicate called China
Int’l. Fund or China Sonangol, created by a man named Sam Pa (aka Xu
Jinghua), signed contracts giving the company the right to export
Angolan oil and act as a middleman between Sonangol and Sinopec. The
company operated out of Hong Kong. By 2009 the company had bought
the JPMorgan Chase building at 23 Wall Street, NYC. Newbright
Int’l., a core company of the syndicate, was 70% controlled by
(Econ, 8/13/11, p.21)
2005 The Paris-based Press
Freedom Index ranked China at 159th out of 167 countries.
2005 Intel planned to complete
a new $375 million chipset assembly plant in Chengdu, China.
(SFC, 5/31/05, p.C1)
2005 Burger King introduced its
hamburger operations in China.
(Econ, 10/25/08, p.78)
2006 Jan 1, In China a new
policy took effect that allowed listed companies to grant stock
options to senior executives and certain employees as incentives.
(WSJ, 1/6/06, p.A8)
2006 Jan 2, China’s Xinhua News
reported that the nation’s GDP grew 9.8% in 2005.
(WSJ, 1/3/06, p.A14)
2006 Jan 4, In China’s central
province of Hunan a mismanaged silt clean-up project allowed the
industrial chemical cadmium, which can cause neurological disorders
and cancer, to flood out of a smelting works and into the Xiangjiang
2006 Jan 5, China’s government
announced the closing 5,290 coal mines in a safety crackdown on the
world's deadliest mining industry.
2006 Jan 5, In China Feng
Bingxian (59), a businessman who led investors against the
government seizure of oil fields in northern China, was convicted
along with 2 co-defendants of organizing illegal protests and
sentenced to 3 years in prison.
(SFC, 1/6/06, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/6/06, p.A8)
2006 Jan 5, In China an oil
spill occurred at Gongyi city in neighboring Henan province when a
frozen pipe broke, causing six tons of oil to spill into a tributary
of the Yellow River.
2006 Jan 5, In western China
violent blizzards have forced the evacuation of 97,000 people in a
largely Muslim region of Xinjiang, as the nation braced for its
worst winter in 20 years.
2006 Jan 6, In China a farmer
angry over a court ruling set off a bomb in a courthouse in Gansu
province, killing himself and four other people. Qian Wenzhao (62)
was angry over a ruling in a property dispute involving the house of
his late son and daughter-in-law.
2006 Jan 7, China's ruling
Communist Party called on its members to do more to fight widespread
corruption and politically explosive problems such as unpaid back
wages for migrant workers.
2006 Jan 8, State media said
China will invest more than $3 billion over the next five years to
clean up the Songhua River, a key source of drinking water for tens
of millions of people that was polluted in November by a toxic spill
that flowed into Russia.
2006 Jan 9, Bolivian
President-elect Evo Morales met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in
Beijing and called China an "ideological ally," a day after he
invited the communist country to develop Bolivia's vast gas
2006 Jan 9, China and Japan
agreed to hold new talks to resolve a dispute over gas deposits in
the East China Sea that could help ease their increasingly strained
2006 Jan 9, China’s
state-controlled oil company CNOOC Ltd. said it is paying $2.3
billion for a 45 percent stake in a Nigerian oil field.
2006 Jan 11, New customs
figures indicated that China's trade surplus surged to $101.9
billion in 2005, more than triple the $32 billion gap recorded the
2006 Jan 11, The WHO said 2
more people sickened by bird flu in China have died, bringing the
total number of humans killed by the disease in the country to five.
2006 Jan 12, China’s government
released a white paper outlining its African policy.
(Econ, 1/21/06, p.44)
2006 Jan 12, Chinese Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing gave four million US dollars to Dakar within
hours of his arrival in Senegal, the latest west African country to
have recently ditched Taiwan in favor of mighty Beijing.
2006 Jan 12, EU governments
refused to ascribe market-economy status to 13 Chinese shoemakers,
opening the way for duties to be imposed on their imports to Europe.
2006 Jan 13, A Hong Kong
newspaper reported that North Korea's secretive leader Kim Jong Il
is on a two-day visit to the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
2006 Jan 14, In southern China
scores of protesters were wounded and a girl was killed as hundreds
of police used electric batons and tear gas to quell a land protest.
(AP, 1/15/06)(WSJ, 1/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 16, Chinese state
media reported that foreign currency reserves rose 34% last year to
a record $818.9 billion.
(SFC, 1/17/06, p.C5)
2006 Jan 16-2006 Jan 18, In
southwestern China workers protesting the sale of a factory in
Chengdu clashed for three days with baton-wielding police. According
to Boxun.com, an overseas-hosted Chinese-language Web site, the
factory was worth $37 million, but was going to be sold for $9.9
2006 Jan 18, In China senior
envoys from the United States, North Korea and China held a
"beneficial" meeting on the stalled six-party talks on Pyongyang's
2006 Jan 18, In China alarmed
by the spread of bird flu beyond East Asia, nations pledged nearly
$2 billion to fight the disease, far exceeding expectations at the
fundraising conference in Beijing. The US promised $334 million,
Japan $155 million, and China $10 million.
(AP, 1/18/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, Survey p.19)
2006 Jan 20, Taiwan allowed
students and tour groups to fly direct to China for the first time
in the third annual installment of symbolic Chinese New Year flights
aimed at warming tense relations with the mainland.
2006 Jan 22, Xinhua News
reported that US-based General Electric has won an
196-million-dollar bid to help build China's West-East Gas Pipeline.
2006 Jan 23, Saudi King
Abdullah met with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing, amid
efforts by China to secure overseas oil and gas reserves for its
2006 Jan 23, China's Ministry
of Health announced the country's 10th human case of bird flu
infection after a 29-year-old woman from the southwest of the
country was diagnosed with the H5N1 virus.
2006 Jan 23, Belgian brewer
InBev NV, the world's largest brewery by volume, said it has agreed
to buy the largest brewer in China's Fujian province for 614 million
euros ($740 million).
2006 Jan 24, China shut down
Bing Dian, a newspaper supplement known for its in-depth reporting
on sensitive issues, the latest measure by the communist government
to tighten control over the media.
(AP, 1/25/06)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.39)
2006 Jan 24, FedEx Corp. said
it would take over local distribution from its Chinese joint-venture
partner DTW Group in a $400 million buyout.
(WSJ, 1/25/06, p.A2)
2006 Jan 25, Google Inc.
launched a search engine in China that censors material about human
rights, Tibet and other topics sensitive to Beijing, defending the
move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other
2006 Jan 27, China's biggest
lender, state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, signed
a $3.78 billion investment deal with Goldman Sachs Group Inc.,
American Express Co. and Germany's Allianz AG.
2006 Jan 28, Beijing prepared
to usher in the Lunar New Year with bang, after authorities lifted a
12-year ban on fireworks.
2006 Jan 28, China’s
state-owned CNOOC began gas production at the Chunxiao field near
the disputed border region with Japan.
(WSJ, 4/6/06, p.A13)
2006 Jan 29, The Chinese New
Year ushered in the year of the Dog. As many as 10 million dogs were
slaughtered annually for food consumption in China. Fireworks
explosions killed 36 people and injured hundreds more in China as
traditional Lunar New Year celebrations led to much mayhem as well
as joy across the nation.
(SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A3)(AFP, 1/30/06)
2006 Jan 30, Feng Xiliang (86),
a US-trained journalist, died in Beijing. In 1978 he helped to
launch the China Daily, the communist government's main
2006 Jan, Mani Shankar Aiyar,
India’s petroleum minister, visited China and signed a series of
(Econ, 1/21/06, p.59)
2006 Feb 1, In northern China a
blast at the Sihe Coal Mine, the subsidiary of a state-owned coal
mine, killed 23 workers and injured 53 others in Shanxi Province.
2006 Feb 8, China's Ministry of
Health announced one more human case of bird flu, bringing the
number of the country's confirmed cases in humans to eleven.
2006 Feb 10, China's Ministry
of Health said a woman had died of bird flu in the central province
of Hunan, the eighth person killed by the virus in the country.
2006 Feb 14, In southern China
toxic wastewater was flushed untreated into a river, prompting the
government to cut water supplies to 28,000 people in Guanyin for at
least four days. A power plant on the upper reaches of the Yuexi
River in Sichuan province was to blame for the pollution.
2006 Feb 14, The Bush
administration announced it will step up enforcement of US trade
laws governing China, following a top-to-bottom review of America's
trading relationship with the Asian giant.
2006 Feb 15, China announced a
plan to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment
for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social
2006 Feb 15, Gunmen on a
motorcycle killed three Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver
in a remote tribal region of southwestern Pakistan.
2006 Feb 16, In China Li Datong
said the Bing Dian newspaper supplement, known for hard-hitting
coverage of sensitive issues, will resume publication March 1.
However he and deputy editor Lu Yuegang were removed from their
posts and transferred to the News Research Institute, another
department of the China Youth Daily.
2006 Feb 16, Two shipping
accidents off eastern China's Fujian province left 61 sailors
2006 Feb 19, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf arrived in China on a visit that analysts
said would focus on anti-terrorism cooperation, trade and
2006 Feb 21, Japan's trade
minister arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao, the highest-level contact between the two countries since
relations soured last October.
2006 Feb 21, The Chinese
government issued a plan with promises to spend more on schools,
health care and aid for farmers in the poor countryside, where
communist leaders worry about potentially explosive unrest over
poverty and other problems.
2006 Feb 22, In China Yu
Dongyue, a man who was jailed for throwing paint on Mao Zedong's
portrait overlooking Beijing's Tiananmen Square during pro-democracy
protests in 1989, was released after nearly 17 years in prison.
2006 Feb 22, Wu Hao, Chinese
filmmaker, was detained for allegedly working on a documentary film
on Christian churches not recognized by the Chinese government. Wu
had returned to China in 2004 after 12 years in the US. He was
released on July 11.
(WSJ, 7/3/06, p.A1)(AP, 7/11/06)
2006 Feb 23, China warned Hong
Kong’s new Cardinal Joseph Zen that he should avoid mixing religion
(WSJ, 2/24/06, p.A4)
2006 Feb 23, China’s Lenovo
Group, the world’s 3rd largest computer maker, announced it was
introducing low-priced desktop an notebook computers in the US and
(SFC, 2/24/06, p.D1)
2006 Feb 23, In China a coal
mine explosion in eastern Shandong province killed 15 miners and
injured 12 others. The mine belonged to the Zaozhuang Mining Group
2006 Feb 25, China Xinhua News
reported that an orphanage director and nine other people in
Hengyang had been sentenced to prison for buying and selling scores
of infants who were adopted by foreign parents. Another 22 officials
were fired in the case in Hunan province.
2006 Feb 25, China warned of
the threat of a massive avian flu outbreak among birds in the
country as it reported two new human cases, a girl in eastern
Zhejiang province and a woman farmer in neighboring Anhui province.
2006 Feb 27, In China the trial
of 17 members of the Three Ranks of Servants church began in the
northeastern city of Shuangyashan. The trial involved the alleged
killings of 20 members of Eastern Lightning, one of China's many
unregistered church groups.
2006 Feb 27, China’s Commerce
Ministry said Avon Products Inc. has received approval to become the
first company to resume direct sales in China following an
2006 Feb 27, Taiwanese
President Chen Shui-bian terminated the governmental committee
responsible for unifying with rival China, significantly deepening
tensions with Beijing and defying opinion in Washington. The
National Unification Council had been inactive for 6 years.
(AP, 2/27/06)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.38)
2006 Feb 28, Chinese President
Hu Jintao denounced the Taiwanese president's decision to scrap an
agency dedicated to uniting Taiwan with the communist mainland, and
warned that Beijing will not permit the self-ruled island to pursue
2006 Feb 28, Bob Fu, a US-based
activist and a Chinese legal scholar, said leaders of an underground
Chinese church, who are accused of killing of 20 members of a rival
group, were tortured into confessing in a crackdown on unofficial
2006 Feb, China’s main
television and film regulator banned TV shows and movies that blend
animated characters with live-action actors. The move was aimed to
nurture local animators.
(SFC, 2/24/06, p.E10)
2006 Feb, China detained an
Australian and later convicted under China's state security laws.
James Sun, a former Chinese air force employee, was helping to
recruit foreign students to Australia when he was seized by security
police and detained as he headed to dinner. Sun was accused of
"seducing" a former air force colleague into copying more than 1,000
top-secret and classified documents, and of passing them to the
Taiwanese. He was found guilty in late 2007 and sentenced to life in
prison. In 2011 the foreign ministry in Canberra confirmed the
2006 Mar 1, China moved ahead
with 3 new internet address suffixes in the Chinese language, as
national variants to .cn, .com and .net.
(Econ, 3/4/06, p.61)
2006 Mar 3, A US trade envoy
said China is failing to do enough to prevent growing product piracy
and could be forced to answer formal complaints over it in the World
Trade Organization if it doesn't take more aggressive action.
2006 Mar 4, A government
spokesman said China's military budget will rise 14.7% this year to
$35.3 billion. China’s National People's Congress, largely a
rubber-stamp for decisions taken at the top level of the Chinese
Communist Party, approved a 14.7% increase in military spending to
35 billion dollars (27 billion euros). Although this is paltry
compared to the 419 billion dollar (325 billion euro) US defense
budget in 2006, the Pentagon last year estimated that China's
defense spending was two to three times the publicly announced
(AP, 3/4/06)(AP, 8/17/06)
2006 Mar 5, Premier Wen Jiabao
opened the annual session of China's figurehead parliament with
promises to spread prosperity to the restive countryside and
predictions of fast but steady economic growth.
2006 Mar 5, Chinese Commerce
Minister Bo Xilai said on Sunday that anti-dumping duties by the
European Union and U.S. threats of more trade complaints contradict
the spirit of free trade and add to global protectionism.
2006 Mar 6, A Chinese lawmaker
called for police to tape interrogations in possible death penalty
cases following widespread complaints of confessions being forced by
2006 Mar 8, Chinese officials
promised to crack down on seizures of farmland for redevelopment
that were fueling unrest, saying as many as 1 million farmers lose
their land each year and are paid too little for it. Communist
leaders launched China's most ambitious initiative in decades,
promising billions of dollars in social spending and farm aid to
help the 800 million people in its neglected countryside catch up
with its booming cities.
(AP, 3/8/06)(AP, 3/10/06)
2006 Mar 8, Xinhua News
reported that a court in southern China has sentenced 16 officials
to jail terms of up to six years in connection with The Aug 7, 2005,
coal mine flood that killed 123 people.
2006 Mar 8, A German minister
claimed that deadly bird flu was moving closer to infecting humans
in Europe after two more cats died of the virus. China reported its
10th human fatality.
2006 Mar 9, A flood at a mine
in southwestern China killed 7 miners and injured 3 others. In
central China a coal mine explosion and fire killed 3 miners and
left six others missing.
2006 Mar 11, A Chinese activist
who documented villagers' claims of forced abortions and
sterilizations was detained while trying to report the beating of
his cousin. Chen Guangcheng, his older brother and his cousin were
taken away in a police van and other vehicles from their home
village of Dongshigu in Shandong, as they were on their way to file
a police report.
2006 Mar 13, News reports said
the world industrial-standards association has rejected China's
controversial wireless encryption standard for global use.
2006 Mar 13, Liu Zhijun,
China’s minister of railways, announced $25 billion plans to build
two new high-speed train lines linking Shanghai with Beijing
(1320km) and another linking Shanghai and Hangzhou (175km). Plans
included the use of magnetic levitation technology that can reach
speeds of 260 mph.
(AP, 3/13/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.69)
2006 Mar 14, Premier Wen Jiabao
vowed to crack down on seizures of farmland for redevelopment, a
source of rising rural anger in China, but stopped short of saying
whether the communist government might allow farmers to own land.
The 10-day session of the National People’s Congress closed as
delegates approved a budget that promised more cash for farmers and
a new 5-year economic plan.
(AP, 3/14/06)(Econ, 3/18/06, p.42)
2006 Mar 14, EU trade chief
Peter Mandelson told China to remove barriers on imports of European
goods if it wants to be recognized as a market economy by the
2006 Mar 14, China refused to
take back 39,000 citizens who have been refused entry to the US and
are languishing in detention centers.
(WSJ, 3/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 14, China and Russia
objected to a tough UN Security Council statement backed by the
United States, Britain and France calling for a report in two weeks
on Iran's compliance with demands that it suspend uranium
2006 Mar 15, In China 8
aphorisms by Pres. Hu Jintao were issued on a $1 poster with plain,
black Chinese characters above a photo of the Great Wall: Love, do
not harm the motherland. Serve, don't disserve the people. Uphold
science; don't be ignorant and unenlightened. Work hard; don't be
lazy and hate work. Be united and help each other; don't gain
benefits at the expense of others. Be honest and trustworthy, not
profit-mongering at the expense of your values. Be disciplined and
law-abiding instead of chaotic and lawless. Know plain living and
hard struggle, do not wallow in luxuries and pleasures.
2006 Mar 15, In southwest China
a boat carrying people home from a fair capsized while crossing a
river leaving at least 27 dead.
2006 Mar 17, A Chinese court
dropped charges against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times
who was accused of leaking state secrets, about a month ahead of a
visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington. Zhao Yan, who
worked for the Times' Beijing bureau, was detained in September
2006 Mar 17, A Chinese court
jailed teacher Ren Ziyuan (27) for 10 years for publishing
anti-government views on the Internet, continuing an official
crackdown on Web-based dissidents.
2006 Mar 17, Yuan Baojing, a
Chinese tycoon once worth more than $360 million, and two
accomplices were executed by lethal injection. Yuan (40) was
convicted last year of hiring a hit man in a failed plot to kill a
business partner who had caused Yuan's company to lose $11 million
in futures trading.
2006 Mar 20, A Chinese cargo
ship hit an anchored freighter and sank off South Korea's west
coast, killing at least three Chinese crew members.
2006 Mar 21, Chinese President
Hu Jintao and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on to
deepen energy cooperation, as Russian gas giant Gazprom said it
would look to meet some needs of oil and gas-hungry China.
2006 Mar 25, The Vatican's
foreign minister said that the "time is ripe" for the Holy See and
Beijing to establish diplomatic relations, and confirmed it is ready
to move its embassy from Taiwan.
2006 Mar 26, The Chinese
partner of Time Warner’s consumer products unit said the studio
division plans to open some 200 stores in China over the coming
years as demand for branded merchandise increases in China.
2006 Mar 28, In China new
regulations viewed on the Health Ministry's Web site forbade the
buying and selling of organs and require that donors give written
permission for their organs to be transplanted.
2006 Mar 29, State media
reported that China has arrested 76 officials and recovered about
$510 million in misused funds following a national audit.
2006 Mar 30, China said it
would spend 1.2 billion dollars cleaning up the Songhua River
following a major chemical spill last year that contaminated water
supplies for millions of people.
2006 Mar 30, The Bush
administration said that it is filing a trade case against China
before the World Trade Organization in a dispute involving auto
parts from the US and other nations.
2006 Mar 31, In China Hu Jia, a
prominent AIDS activist, said he would sue the government for
improperly detaining him. Jia, released on March 28, accused Chinese
security forces of abducting and holding him for 41 days.
2006 Mar, China announced the
1st retail fuel price increases in 8 months. Beijing taxi drivers
believed that the government’s fear of wildcat strikes was the main
reason why they were not allowed to install 2-way radio systems.
(Econ, 4/8/06, p.44)
2006 Apr 1, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao arrived in Australia for a visit aimed at finalizing a
uranium supply deal and speeding up free trade negotiations between
the two nations.
2006 Apr 1, In eastern China a
blast at an explosives plant killed at least 20 workers and injured
two. Nine workers were missing.
2006 Apr 3, Australia agreed to
sell China uranium for nuclear power stations despite concerns that
Beijing could divert the material to atomic weapons.
2006 Apr 4, Wen Jiabao arrived
in Fiji as the first Chinese premier to visit the Pacific islands,
seeking to deepen China's influence in the region and contain
Taiwan's diplomatic clout.
2006 Apr 8, The Rolling Stones
made their debut in mainland China with a censored, but still
raucous, concert in Shanghai.
2006 Apr 8, Harley-Davidson
Inc. opened its first dealership in China, with promises to bring
its trademark easy-riding attitude to bikers in the world's most
2006 Apr 10, It was reported
that China has agreed to open a corridor through its tightly
restricted airspace. This could save airlines $30 million a year in
fuel and trim an average half hour off flight times between China
(WSJ, 4/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 10, In China an
explosion in a hospital parking garage killed at least 30 people.
The blast occurred in an underground garage at a hospital for the
staff of the Xuangang Coal and Electricity Co. Ltd. in Shanxi
province's Yuanping county. Local authorities found explosives at
2006 Apr 10, In northwest China
a truck crashed into a minivan and a passenger bus after its brakes
failed, killing at least 26 people and injuring 24.
2006 Apr 12, Google Inc. CEO
Eric Schmidt defended the search engine's cooperation with Chinese
censorship as he announced the creation of a Beijing research center
and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.
2006 Apr 12, In southern China
thousands of villagers clashed with police over government plans to
tear down sluice gates built for irrigation, leaving one woman dead
and several people injured.
2006 Apr 13, China's
controversial choice for a Tibetan holy figure made his first major
appearance before an international audience, saying Tibetan
Buddhists should be patriotic and "defend the nation."
2006 Apr 13, Chinese
Vice-President Zeng Qinghong met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister
Antanas Valionis in Beijing. Zeng said the relations between China
and Lithuania are developing smoothly with frequent high-level
contacts and fruitful cooperation in economic and cultural sectors.
2006 Apr 15, China announced
tariff cuts on imports of fruit and fish from Taiwan, offering the
self-ruled island new trade concessions in an effort to boost
sentiment for uniting with the communist mainland.
2006 Apr 15, China reported
that the orbiting capsule of its Shenzhou VI spacecraft, which was
launched into space six months ago, has returned to earth after
orbiting 2,920 times.
2006 Apr 18, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Washington state, toured the Redmond campus of
Microsoft and had dinner at the home of MS Corp. Chairman Bill
2006 Apr 20, Pres. Bush
welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao to the White House as the two
leaders embarked on talks aimed at cooling tensions over a yawning
US-China trade gap. Bush urged Hui Jintao to make trade concessions,
improve human rights and exert more influence over North Korea. The
2 leaders broke no new ground on sensitive issues.
(AP, 4/20/06)(SFC, 4/21/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 20, China denied it is
engaged in industrial espionage in Canada, calling accusations by
Ottawa's foreign minister baseless and irresponsible.
2006 Apr 21, Chinese President
Hu Jintao wrapped up his US tour with a visit to Yale University in
New Haven, Conn.
2006 Apr 21, In China Tong
Daning, an official from the social security fund, was executed on
charges of spying for rival Taiwan. Government employees were then
required to watch a video about the case. Tong had passed
information to the island's leaders about China's currency regime,
allowing them to avoid massive losses due to exchange rate changes.
2006 Apr 22, Saudi Arabia and
China signed defense, security and trade agreements in Riyadh on the
first day of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit.
2006 Apr 24, The annual Goldman
Environmental Prizes were awarded in San Francisco. The winners
included Craig Williams (58) for helping to persuade Congress to
order the Defense Dept. to consider alternatives to incinerating
chemical weapons; Tarcisio Feitosa (35) of Brazil for his campaign
against rampant logging; Olya Melen (26) of Ukraine for her suits
forcing the government to scale back a large canal project impacting
wetlands; Yu Xiaogang (35) of China for his reports on damages
caused by new dams; Silas Siakor (36) of Liberia for his
documentation showing how logging was used to fund civil war; and
Anne Kajir of Papua New Guinea for her work to get reimbursements
from logging companies to peasants.
(WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B7)
2006 Apr 27, China's central
bank raised interest rates by .27% in the government's strongest
move yet to cool an economy verging on overheating. The news sent
resource stocks, oil and commodity prices lower around the world.
(AP, 4/27/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.43)
2006 Apr 27, In Nigeria
President Hu Jintao said China wants a "strategic partnership" with
Africa, seeking to add a new political dimension to a blossoming
2006 Apr 28, Chinese President
Hu Jintao signed an oil exploration contract with Kenya, the latest
in a series of deals designed to keep Africa's natural resources
flowing to China's booming economy.
2006 Apr 28, It was reported
Baiyangdian Lake in northern China's Hebei province was choking for
its life. Large-scale fish deaths have occurred regularly since the
1980s as excessive amounts of untreated industrial waste water and
raw sewage, coupled with drought and constantly falling water
levels, have left fish farms decimated.
2006 Apr 29, A coalition of
Chinese Web activists launched a petition decrying censorship of the
Internet and challenging the legality of government information
controls on China's more than 100 million net users.
2006 Apr 29, In northwestern
China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed at least 30 miners and
left eight missing at the Wayaobao Coal Mine in Shaanxi province.
(AP, 4/30/06)(AP, 5/1/06)
2006 Apr 30, China successfully
tested a locally made magnetic levitation train, the first time the
country has achieved the feat without using foreign technology. The
20-ton test maglev train ran steadily on a 1,400-foot experimental
line in the provincial capital of Chengdu, the capital of
southwestern Sichuan province.
2006 Apr, China’s PM Wen Jiabao
visited Cambodia and announced aid for roads, dams and other
projects for up to $600 million.
(Econ, 3/31/07, SR p.14)
2006 Apr, China and
Turkmenistan signed a gas-supply deal. Operations of the pipeline
was scheduled to start in 2009.
(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A8)
2006 May 2, China's official
Xinhua News Agency said glaciers in western China's Qinghai-Tibet
plateau, known as the "roof of the world," are melting at a rate of
7 percent annually due to global warming.
2006 May 3, China's
state-approved Catholic church installed a bishop without Vatican
approval, the second this week.
2006 May 3, Owners of a coal
mine in China's central Henan province falsely claimed that five
workers were killed and seven injured in a blast, when 66 miners
were underground. An investigation by the county government later
revealed that 10 workers were killed and 18 were injured in the
accident which occurred in Yegou village.
2006 May 4, The Vatican
excommunicated two bishops ordained by China's state-controlled
church without the pope's consent, escalating tensions as the two
sides explored preliminary moves toward improving ties.
2006 May 4, Chinese weather
specialists used chemicals to engineer Beijing's heaviest rainfall
of the year, helping to relieve drought and rinse dust from China's
2006 May 5, In central China
explosions rocked two Internet cafes in Hefei, the capital of Anhui
province, killing two people, injuring four.
2006 May 5, The US State
Department disclosed that Albania has agreed to take in five
Chinese, ethnic Uighur detainees, held at Guantanamo Bay. They were
flown to Albania the next day.
(AP, 5/5/06)(WSJ, 5/6/06, p.A1)
2006 May 6, Chen Li (b.1929), a
Chinese journalist and former editor-in-chief of China Daily, the
communist government's main English-language newspaper, died in
2006 May 7, China's official
Roman Catholic church named a new bishop, reportedly with papal
approval, as Beijing rejected Vatican criticism of the unauthorized
ordination of two other bishops.
2006 May 8, In China Bai
Ningyang (19) walked into a Gongyi kindergarten in central Henan,
locked the door and set fire to two gasoline cans. Local authorities
said 13 children and one teacher were injured in addition to three
students killed. Ningyang was captured the next day.
2006 May 9, Authorities said
Chinese and US had agents seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine in
March smuggled from Colombia in the country's largest ever cocaine
bust. Nine people involved in a drug ring were arrested in southern
2006 May 9, Cuba, Saudi Arabia,
China and Russia won seats on the new UN Human Rights Council
despite their poor human rights records. Two rights abusers, Iran
and Venezuela, were defeated.
2006 May 9, Officials said Iran
will supply crude oil and equity investment to build an oil refinery
in Indonesia that will supply China and provide Iran with a secure
outlet in the face of possible sanctions.
(WSJ, 5/10/06, p.A8)
2006 May 10, In southern China
a gas blast at the Aotian Coal Mine in Sichuan province killed 11
people and injured nine.
2006 May 13, In central China a
shaft collapsed in an iron mine, trapping eight miners 420 feet
underground at the Dalongshan Iron Mine near Anqing City.
2006 May 15, China's official
exchange rate broke through the psychologically important 8 yuan per
dollar level, its highest level in more than a decade, in a move
traders said might signal Beijing's willingness to allow its
currency to appreciate faster.
2006 May 16, Yang Tianshui, a
freelance writer, was sentenced to 12 years in prison amid one of
China's most severe media crackdowns since the 1980s. Yang was
convicted after being accused of posting articles on foreign Web
sites, receiving money from abroad and helping a would-be opposition
2006 May 17, Following a
meeting of the State Council China announced a series of policy
measures to rein in prices. These included levying profits taxes on
(WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A6)
2006 May 17, Some 620,000
people were evacuated from southern China as Typhoon Chanchu, the
strongest storm to hit the region at this time of year, churned
towards the coastal province of Guangdong.
2006 May 18, China reported a
ban on Ao Mei Ding, a breast-enlarging liquid that was approved for
general use in 2000. Some 300,000 women were injected with the
liquid and some reported so much pain that they had their breasts
(SFC, 5/19/06, p.A17)
2006 May 18, In northern China
an underground flood trapped as 56 miners in a coal mine in the
Xinjing Coal Mine in Shanxi province. 9 mine managers were soon
detained after apparently trying to conceal the scale of the
disaster. The last of the bodies were recovered on June 28.
(AP, 5/21/06)(AP, 5/22/06)(AFP, 6/28/06)
2006 May 18, Typhoon Chanchu
pummeled southern China, killing at least eight people and leaving
27 Vietnamese fishermen missing after their boats sank in Chinese
2006 May 19, Nigeria sold to a
state-owned Chinese group licenses to explore four oil blocks,
underlining Beijing's increasing drive for energy resources. In
exchange for the drilling rights, China agreed to invest two billion
dollars in northern Nigeria's Kaduna refinery. The Movement for the
Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), rejected the claim and described
the allocation as a "bribe".
2006 May 20, China held a
ceremonial pouring of a final slab of cement for its Three Gorges
Dam in Hubei province. The 600-foot dam cost at least $22 billion.
(SFC, 5/18/06, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)
2006 May 20, South Korean media
reported that 4 North Koreans had overpowered a security guard and
scaled the wall of a US consulate in China in hopes of gaining
asylum from their impoverished, communist country.
2006 May 22, An explosion in an
illegal Chinese coal mine in the village of Siyuangou in Henan
province killed eight miners and left an undetermined number
2006 May 23, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel met the Shanghai bishop from the Chinese Catholic
church on the final day of a visit in which rights issues took
center stage alongside trade.
2006 May 24, China's government
on raised state-set gasoline and diesel prices by about 10 percent
in response to soaring world oil prices.
2006 May 25, China angrily
rejected a US Defense Department report that says Beijing is a
potential military threat, insisting that its multibillion-dollar
buildup is defensive.
2006 May 26, American
International Group Inc. said that one of its units had received
approval from local Chinese regulators to provide group insurance
there, as the world's largest insurer makes a push to boost its
business in the world's most populous nation.
2006 May 29, China and India
pledged to deepen military exchanges during a visit by Indian
Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the latest sign of warming
relations between the neighbors and one-time foes.
2006 May 31, China closed 201
Hebei clinics that aborted female fetuses and offered subsidies to
families without sons to curb widespread gender engineering.
(WSJ, 6/1/06, p.A1)
2006 May, Ernst & Young
reported that China’s stock of non-performing loans added up to $911
billion, over 5 times the government’s March estimate of $164
billion. The People’s Bank of China called the report ridiculous and
Ernst & Young soon withdrew it.
(Econ, 5/20/06, p.78)
2006 Jun 1, The Bank of China
began trading shares in Hong Kong in an IPO that raised $9.7
billion. Options by underwriters could raise the total to $11.2
billion. Shares closed up 15% to HK$3.40 (44 US cents).
(WSJ, 6/2/06, p.C12)
2006 Jun 3, In northeast China
a suicide bomber attacked his former wife's wedding, killing at
least eight other people and injuring five.
2006 Jun 3, In China a military
transport plane carrying 40 crashed in eastern Anhui province. All
40 people aboard were killed. 2 Beijing-backed newspapers later
reported that the plane was a surveillance aircraft carrying nearly
3 dozen electronics experts.
(AP, 6/4/06)(AP, 6/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)
2006 Jun 5, A top official said
China's pollution problems cost the country more than $200 billion a
year and called for better legal protection for grassroots groups so
they can help clean up the environment.
2006 Jun 6, Chinese engineers
blew up a temporary barrier used during construction of the Three
Gorges Dam, unleashing the full force of the Yangtze River upon the
world's largest hydroelectric project.
2006 Jun 7, A Chinese
government report said more than 60% of recent land acquisitions for
construction in China are illegal, with the figure rising to 90% in
some cities. The report demanded investigations.
2006 Jun 7, State-run media
said storms pummeling southern China over the past week have killed
at least 46 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
2006 Jun 8, In southern China
the bank of a rain-swollen river collapsed, flooding 11 villages
filled with sleeping people and causing an unknown number of deaths
2006 Jun 8, Fu Xiancai (47) was
called into the Zigui County Public Security Bureau in Hubei
province and criticized for his television appearance in which he
criticized the government's treatment of people who were forced to
relocate as a result of the Three Gorges dam project. He was
attacked after leaving the police station and was paralyzed after
assailants broke his neck. On July 26 the head of the security
bureau's forensics department and another county official said that
experts concluded the injuries were self-inflicted.
2006 Jun 9, Liu Zhihua, deputy
mayor of Beijing in charge of Olympics-related construction
projects, was detained and dismissed for corruption and degeneracy.
(Econ, 6/17/06, p.48)
2006 Jun 11, Amnesty
International released a report saying China's sales of military
vehicles and weapons to Sudan, Nepal and Myanmar have aggravated
conflicts and abetted violence and repressive rule in those
2006 Jun 12, In northern China
a truck carrying the coal tar fell into the Dasha river in Shanxi
province. Cleanup crews scrambled to absorb 60 tons of toxic coal
tar accidentally dumped into a river before it reaches a reservoir
serving a city of 10 million people.
2006 Jun 13, China ordered
civil servants to do without cars, elevators and air conditioning
for one day as part of an energy-saving awareness campaign. Some
1,000 new cars were hitting the streets of Beijing every day as
nitrogen dioxide levels exceeded WHO clean air guidelines by 78%.
(AP, 6/13/06)(WSJ, 6/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 14, China and Taiwan
they've agreed to launch direct charter passenger flights between
them during major holidays, a key trust-building step toward
restoring regular direct flights cut five decades ago amid civil
2006 Jun 14, Husky Energy,
Cnooc’s Canadian partner, announced a large gas discovery under the
South China Sea. In 2009 Husky confirmed the discovery saying the
Liwan field could ultimately produce over 150 million cubic feet per
2006 Jun 15, In China a series
of explosions rocked the Longxin Chemical Plant in the city of
Longquan, Zhejiang province, destroying two factories and
threatening to contaminate the Oujiang river, which empties into the
East China Sea.
2006 Jun 15, In China students
rioted at Shengda after learning that the word Shengda would be
added to their graduation certificates. The quasi-private college
was affiliated with the prestigious Zhengzhou Univ. and up to now
had just Zhengzhou Univ. printed on their degree certificates.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.33)
2006 Jun 15, The Shanghai
Cooperation Organization, a Russian and Chinese-led bloc of Asian
states, said it plans to set up an expert group to boost computer
security and help guard against threats to their regimes from the
Internet. SCO members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) are mostly authoritarian states that
maintain tight controls on communications technology, including the
2006 Jun 16, China's central
bank demanded that commercial banks raise reserves requirements by
half a percentage point to restrain credit and investment growth,
which it feared have been getting out of control.
(AP, 6/16/06)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.82)
2006 Jun 16, In China cleanup
crews scrambled to absorb toxic coal tar, from a June 12 spill,
before it reaches the Wangkuai Reservoir of Baoding, a city of about
10 million people. Authorities tried to slow the spread of a toxic
spill by building 51 makeshift dams along the tainted Dasha River
and using fire trucks to pump out polluted water. In eastern China
an explosion at a chemical plant in Anhui killed 16 people and
(AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/18/06)
2006 Jun 18, China's PM Wen
Jiabao wrapped up a two-day visit to Cairo after meeting with
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and signing 10 oil, natural gas and
telecommunications deals. He was also scheduled to visit Ghana,
Republic of Congo, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
2006 Jun 18, China's PM Wen
Jiabao went to Ghana, where he signed an agreement to lend the small
West African nation about $66 million to fund a number of projects.
China has leapfrogged Ghana's traditional trading partners India and
Britain to become the West African nation's biggest foreign
(AFP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/19/06)
2006 Jun 21, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao flew into South Africa on the fifth leg of an African
tour where he is due to sign a nuclear cooperation pact and hold
talks on the thorny question of textile imports from Beijing.
2006 Jun 23, Chinese PM Wen
Jiabao arrived in Uganda, the final leg of a seven-nation African
tour aimed at boosting ties and partnerships as well as shopping for
resources for his country's fast-expanding economy.
2006 Jun 25, In southern China
flash flooding caused by torrential rain in Hunan province killed at
least 21 people with another 6 missing.
(AP, 6/25/06)(AP, 6/30/06)
2006 Jun 27, China’s government
said a law imposing fines on media that report emergencies such as
riots and natural disasters without official approval could go into
effect by October. A rights group urged Beijing to scrap it. Xinhua
News said a cache of dynamite exploded in a house in northern
Shaanxi province, killing at least 10 people and injuring 20.
2006 Jun 28, Australia's PM
Howard hailed his country's record liquid natural gas export
contract with China as a symbol of blossoming trade between the
countries during an inaugural ceremony with Premier Wen Jiabao at
the Chinese gas terminal in Shenzen.
2006 Jun 28, In northern China
an explosion at a coal mine killed at least 22 workers and injured
37. Five more people were missing following the explosion in the
Wulong Coal Mine in Fuxin, a city in Liaoning province.
2006 Jun 29, China’s government
said Vice Adm. Wang Shouye (62), a deputy commander of China's navy,
has been dismissed and stripped of a seat in parliament for
corruption, one of the most senior military figures to be punished
in a multiyear crackdown on rampant graft.
2006 Jun 30, China's ruling
party must stamp out the rampant corruption that led to the
convictions of thousands of officials last year, President Hu Jintao
said as the Communist Party commemorated the 85th anniversary of its
2006 Jun, In China a revision
to the education law abolished the key-school system. For most of
the Communist era a few key schools received extra money and other
favors to nurture pockets of academic excellence.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.32)
2006 Jul 1, China’s new $4.2
billion, 710-mile-long railway from Golmud to Lhasa, Tibet, began
operations. Canada’s Bombardier manufactured high-tech cars for the
Sky Train with regulated oxygen levels to cope with 16,500-foot
passes. Two years later the line was extended from Lhasa to
(SFC, 6/30/06, p.A18)(Reuters, 7/1/06)(Econ,
2006 Jul 1, It was reported
that Chinese consumers had begun ganging up on retailers by arriving
en masse at pre-arranged times, arranged online, to push for bargain
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.59)
2006 Jul 1, China reported a
new outbreak of bird flu near Zhongwei in the Ningxia region.
(WSJ, 7/3/06, p.A6)
2006 Jul 3, China's new train
from Beijing to Tibet arrived in the ancient capital of Lhasa,
ending its maiden journey after climbing to elevations so high that
ballpoint pens and packaged foods burst.
2006 Jul 6, China’s state media
said torrential rains and a tornado killed at least 30 people as
storms battered eastern China this week, with millions more affected
by flooding and other storm damage.
2006 Jul 6, China and India
reopened the 14,000-foot Nathu La pass, an ancient Silk Road pass
high in the Himalayas, more than 40 years after it was shut by war.
2006 Jul 7, In northern China a
fire ignited explosives at a home in Dongzhai, a village in the
coal-mining province of Shanxi, killing at least 47 people, many of
them neighbors who had rushed to the scene to battle the flames. A
seven-story apartment building collapsed in the major city of
Zhengzhou in central China, killing at least two people and burying
an unknown number of others.
2006 Jul 8, China launched a
Web site, www.linese.com, offering free Chinese lessons and
materials to promote the study and use of the language abroad.
2006 Jul 8, In central China a
landslide at a construction site buried migrant workers sleeping in
a tent, killing 11 of them.
2006 Jul 11, China's president
issued an unusual public appeal to a visiting North Korean official
to avoid aggravating tensions with its missile test program, as the
US and Japan urged Beijing to press its ally Pyongyang for
2006 Jul 13, A Chinese reporter
who posted essays on foreign Web sites criticizing the ruling
Communist Party was sentenced to two years in prison on subversion
2006 Jul 14, In China Qiu
Xinhua (47) killed the abbot of the Tiewadian temple in the northern
city of Ankang, five staff members and four pilgrims. He reportedly
believed the abbot had flirted with his wife. Xinhua was executed on
2006 Jul 15, A gas explosion in
a coal mine in Shanxi province killed at least 18 miners and trapped
2006 Jul 17, In China tropical
storm Bilis left at least 612 people dead as it pounded the
southeast over the weekend, toppling houses and forcing the
evacuation of a prison and thousands of villages.
(AP, 7/18/06)(AP, 7/24/06)
2006 Jul 18, China reported its
fastest economic growth in a decade and warned that booming
construction and bank loans could fuel inflation, raising
expectations that Beijing might nudge up interest rates and possibly
the value of its currency.
2006 Jul 19, It was reported
that factories and cities in China dump some 40-60 billion tons of
waste-water and sewage into lakes and rivers each year.
(WSJ, 7/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 19, Taiwan’s largest
air carrier launched the 1st direct cargo flight between the island
and China since 1949.
(WSJ, 7/20/06, p.A6)
2006 Jul 20, The UN food agency
said China became the world's third-largest food aid donor in 2005,
the same year it stopped receiving assistance from the World Food
Program, while the US and the EU remained the top two contributors.
2006 Jul 22, A magnitude-5.1
earthquake hit southwestern China, killing at least 19 people.
2006 Jul 26, China's PM Wen
Jiabao called for urgent steps to prevent economic overheating, as
the government forecast more double-digit growth in the next
2006 Jul 26, Xinhua News said
heavy rain from Tropical Storm Kaemi caused a levee in southern
China to collapse, threatening to inundate an area that's home to
2006 Jul 26, An unhappy China
said that Canada's decision to bestow honorary citizenship on the
Dalai Lama could hurt commercial relations between the two
2006 Jul 27, China’s government
introduced new taxes on real estate to discourage speculation. State
media said flooding and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Kaemi
have killed at least 25 people in southern China, including six who
died when a torrent of water washed away a military barracks.
(AP, 7/27/06)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.D1)
2006 Jul 28, In eastern China
an explosion at a chemical plant killed at least 12 people and
prompted the evacuation of 7,000 others.
2006 Jul 29, Workers at
Wal-Mart stores in China formed their 1st trade union.
(SFC, 7/31/06, p.A3)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.43)
2006 Jul 30, It was reported
that China had lowered the estimated number of HIV/AIDS infected
people from 840,000 to 650,000.
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A17)
2006 Jul, China National
Petroleum, the parent of PetroChina, took a $500 million stake in
Rosneft, the Russian oil group.
(Econ, 8/5/06, p.66)
2006 Jul, In Shanghai, China, a
financial scandal was uncovered that involved the misappropriation
of one-third of the city’s $1.2 billion social-security fund. An
official said that $2 billion had been embezzled from the fund since
1998. Chinese investigators began looking into corruption and
malfeasance associated with Shanghai’s $1.2 billion pension fund. On
Sep 24 the probe brought down the city’s top official, Communist
party Secretary Chen Liangyu, a British educated architect. In 2007
the government made a propaganda film titled “The Harm of Greed"
featuring confessions from 11 people involved in the scandal.
(Econ, 9/9/06, p.42)(WSJ, 11/14/06, p.C14)(WSJ,
2/6/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/30/08, p.A9)
2006 Aug 1, Chinese official
media reported that Mouding county in Yunnan killed as many as
50,000 dogs in a 5-day government campaign ordered after three
people died from rabies.
2006 Aug 3, Typhoon Prapiroon
slammed into southern China, packing heavy rain and 75 mph winds as
authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people from their homes.
2006 Aug 3, State press
reported that China is building a 27-billion-dollar train line from
Beijing to the southern economic hub of Shenzhen and foreign
investors will be invited to join the project. The new
2,300-kilometer (1,420-mile) railway will cut travel time between
Beijing and Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, from 24 hours to 10.
2006 Aug 6, In China an
explosion aboard a bus in Hunan province's Guiyang county killed
eight people, just days after a similar explosion killed 11. Fatal
explosions aboard public buses in recent years have been blamed on
both bomb attacks and accidents with gas canisters and other
2006 Aug 6, Taiwan condemned
China after oil producer Chad switched diplomatic ties to Beijing
from Taipei, forcing Premier Su Tseng-chang to scrap his plans to
visit the African nation at the last minute.
2006 Aug 7, China’s state media
said the death toll from Tropical Storm Prapiroon, named after the
Thai god of rain, rose to 80 with 9 more people missing.
(AFP, 8/6/06)(AP, 8/8/06)
2006 Aug 7, An explosion at a
Chinese perfume factory killed at least seven people and left three
2006 Aug 9, The American Humane
Society said it will give China $100,000 to vaccinate dogs against
rabies if it promises to immediately stop their mass slaughter in
areas where humans have died from the disease.
2006 Aug 10, Saomai, the most
powerful typhoon to hit China in five decades, slammed into its
southeastern coast, destroying hundreds of homes and battering the
region with rain and wind after more than 1.3 million people were
evacuated. It ultimately killed at least 483 people.
2006 Aug 10, Wal-Mart Stores
said it will work with Chinese government officials to establish
labor unions in all its outlets in China.
(SFC, 8/11/06, p.D2)
2006 Aug 11, Typhoon Saomai,
the strongest storm to strike China in 50 years, weakened to a
tropical depression but drenched the country's southeast after
killing at least 105 people with another 190 missing.
2006 Aug 13, The death toll
from Typhoon Saomai, the strongest storm to hit China in 50 years,
rose to 114 as more evacuees died when buildings used as shelters
collapsed. China’s state media reported About 17 million people in
southwest China don't have access to clean drinking water due to
(AP, 8/13/06)(Reuters, 8/13/06)
2006 Aug 14, In China the death
toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to 255 after scores more bodies were
pulled from the sea.
2006 Aug 15, The official death
toll in China from Typhoon Saomai jumped to 295 as fishing families
grieving the loss of loved ones said authorities were no help and
had covered up the number of fatalities.
2006 Aug 18, China’s central
bank announced its 2nd interest rate hike in 4 months to choke off
excess investment. The benchmark lending rate rose .27% to 6.12%
effective Aug 19.
(WSJ, 8/19/06, p.A4)
2006 Aug 18, The death toll
from Typhoon Saomai, the strongest storm to hit China in more than
five decades, jumped to 436 after more than 100 new deaths were
confirmed in the country's east.
2006 Aug 22, In China visiting
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said China will expand its
cooperation in oil exploration and help his country build a
fiber-optic communications network under agreements to be signed in
Beijing this week.
2006 Aug 24, In China a blind
activist who was arrested after recording complaints of forced
abortions was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
Chen Guangcheng was convicted of damaging property and "organizing a
mob to disturb traffic" after a trial in the eastern province of
2006 Aug 24, China reported
that a chemical spill on the Mangniu River in Jilin province was
contained. A 3-mile slick had been created by a xylidine spill from
a local chemical company.
(SFC, 8/24/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 25, Zhao Yan (44), a
Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has been detained
since 2004, was cleared of charges of revealing state secrets but
convicted of fraud and sentenced to three years in prison. Xinhua
News said communities in southeastern China are straining to
resettle more than 15 million people left homeless by four
devastating typhoons in recent months. A moderate earthquake jolted
southwest China, killing two people.
2006 Aug 25, In China a tanker
truck loaded with 25 tons of liquid caustic soda, colorless,
transparent corrosive liquid that rapidly burns skin and eyes, fell
into a river 3 miles away from the Xuefeng reservoir in a city
within the municipality of Weinan in Shaanxi province. It polluted a
reservoir serving at least 100,000 residents for two days until
water quality returned to normal.
2006 Aug 27, China adopted a
new bankruptcy law making it easier to restructure insolvent firms.
It became effective on June 1, 2007.
(http://tinyurl.com/gpav4ar)(Econ, 6/11/16, p.46)
2006 Aug 27, State media quoted
officials saying that one-third of China's vast landmass is
suffering from acid rain caused by its rapid industrial growth,
while local leaders are failing to enforce environmental standards
for fear of hurting business.
2006 Aug 31, A Chinese court
sentenced Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong reporter, to five years in
prison on spying charges in a case that prompted outcries by press
freedom groups. In Hunan Province a mine gas explosion killed at
least nine people.
(AP, 8/31/06)(Reuters, 9/3/06)
2006 Aug, In China a project
was begun in Shanghai to treat industrial waste with iron filings, a
process which had been found to be a cheap and efficient way to
clean up polluted water.
(Econ, 12/6/08, TQ p.11)
2006 Sep 2, In China’s Guizhou
Province a mine gas explosion killed at least 8 people. Six miners
died when their pit in central Hubei province flooded.
2006 Sep 6, State media said
hundreds of people in northwestern China have been hospitalized with
lead poisoning that was likely caused by pollution from a nearby
smelter. The first sign of trouble in the villages of Xinsi and
Moba, Gansu province, came on Aug. 18.
2006 Sep 8, In southern China
crowds angered by alleged police mishandling of a school teacher's
death attacked government offices in Rui'an City, sparking arrests
and beatings by riot troops. Students and local residents claimed
police falsified a report and colluded with the wealthy husband of
high school English teacher Dai Haijing, 30, to have her Aug 18
death classified as a suicide.
2006 Sep 10, China announced
detailed controls on the distribution of news by foreign news
agencies, banning all content that violates its own tight media
2006 Sep 10, The Chinese film
“Still Life" won the top award as the 11-day Venice Film Festival
came to a close. The Chinese film was about the Three Gorges Dam
(SFC, 9/11/06, p.D5)
2006 Sep 11, China said it will
send 1,000 peacekeeping troops to Lebanon.
(WSJ, 9/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 13, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao vowed to continue his vast country's opening up to the
international community, notably rejecting suggestions Beijing is
set to crack down on foreign media.
2006 Sep 14, China’s stock
market regulator made official a ban on foreign acquisitions of
domestic stockbrokers and investment banks.
(Econ, 9/23/06, p.84)
2006 Sep 14, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel said she has again raised human rights issues with
visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and urged Beijing to respect the
freedom of the press.
2006 Sep 14, Prof. Frederic
Evans Wakemen Jr. (68), leading US scholar on China, died in Oregon.
His books included “Policing Shanghai 1927-1937" (1995) and
“Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service" (2004). Prof.
Wakemen had taught at UC Berkeley (1965-2006).
(SFC, 9/26/06, p.B5)
2006 Sep 15, The US joined with
the EU and Canada charging that China has erected illegal barriers
to the sale of U.S. and other foreign-made auto parts there.
2006 Sep 15, China denounced
accusations by top US officials that it was selling weapons to Iran
and North Korea amid nuclear tensions with the two regimes. State
media said at least four children, among the hundreds of people
sickened by emissions from a lead smelter in western China, are
likely to suffer permanent brain damage.
2006 Sep 16, In Singapore top
finance chiefs stepped up pressure on China to relax its grip on its
currency, warning that trade imbalances threaten a flourishing
global economy. G7 finance ministers and central bank governors also
called for a resumption of global free trade talks and a revamp of
the IMF, saying China should be given a louder voice but must also
fulfill its broader economic responsibilities.
2006 Sep 18, Premier Wen Jiabao
said China will increase its peacekeeping force in Lebanon to 1,000
and double the humanitarian aid it has pledged.
2006 Sep 18, The 184-nation IMF
approved reforms to increase the voice of China, South Korea,
Turkey, and Mexico to reflect their growing economic sway.
(SFC, 9/19/06, p.D2)
2006 Sep 22, In Shanghai health
officials added 3 more items to a list of toxic metals in SK-II
products, made in Japan by US consumer products giant Procter and
Gamble. P&G has pulled its popular SK-II line of beauty products
off the shelf after authorities a week earlier discovered traces of
the two toxic metals in nine SK-II products including powder,
foundation, lotion and cleansing oil products. The company said a
hotline had been set up and that all refund requests submitted by
September 21 would be honored.
2006 Sep 24, In China Chen
Liangyu, the Communist Party boss of Shanghai, was sacked for
corruption, toppling the highest leader so far in national party
chief Hu Jintao's drive to root out abuse and enforce loyalty.
(Reuters, 9/25/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.49)
2006 Sep 30, In Tibet Sergiu
Matei, a Romanian cameraman with an expedition climbing Cho Oyu,
shot a video that shows Chinese forces fatally shooting Tibetan
refugee Kelsang Namtso (17), who was with a group of people trying
to flee to Nepal at the 19,000-foot Nanpa La Pass. Chinese border
guards opened fire on some 75 Tibetans making their way over a
19,000-foot-high Himalayan pass, killing a 25-year-old Buddhist nun
and another person. 32 were caught and detained. In January Jamyang
Samten (15), one of those detained, escaped to India and provided
the first reported account of the fate of the group. Some 3,000
Tibetans continued to sneak across the border to Nepal and India
every year. In 2010 Jonathan Green authored “Murder in the High
Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet."
(AP, 10/14/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.18)(AP,
1/30/07)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.96)
2006 Oct 1, China began its
week-long national day holiday, with rail stations and airports
packed and roads gridlocked around Tiananmen Square and at other
major tourist sites throughout the nation. In the southwestern city
of Chongqing a bus careened off a bridge and plunged nearly 100 feet
into a river, killing 30 people.
2006 Oct 2, Morgan Stanley said
it has acquired China's Nan Tung Bank, a deal that would give the
Wall Street giant a coveted onshore commercial banking license in
China ahead of U.S. investment bank rivals.
2006 Oct 5, China criticized
newly imposed EU antidumping tariffs on Chinese shoes as unlawful
and threatened possible retaliation.
2006 Oct 8, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe visited Beijing and held talks with Pres. Hu Jintao and PM Wen
Jiabao. Abe said Japan and China agree that a North Korea nuclear
test "cannot be tolerated" and that Pyongyang should return
unconditionally to six-party negotiations on its nuclear programs.
(AP, 10/8/06)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.29)
2006 Oct 10, China, which holds
the key to whether tough UN sanctions will be imposed for North
Korea's nuclear test, warned its ally that the detonation would harm
relations, but called on the UN to use "positive and appropriate
2006 Oct 10, Cheung Yan (49),
founder and chairwoman of Chinese paper packager Nine Dragons Paper
(Holdings) Ltd., topped a list of China's richest people for the
first time, elbowing past two-time leader Huang Guangyu of GOME
Electrical Appliances and a coterie of CEOs at old-economy
government enterprises. Cheung, born in northeastern China's
Heilongjiang province and now a Los Angeles native, began building
her fortune in 1985, when she set up a waste-paper trading business
in Hong Kong.
2006 Oct 11, China’s 347
central committee members ended a 4-day annual meeting. They charted
a course to repair some of the social and environmental damage left
by more than 2 decades of economic growth and approved a document on
building a harmonious China by 2020.
(WSJ, 10/12/06, p.A8)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.51)
2006 Oct 16, In northern China
a fire in a coal mine trapped 28 miners.
2006 Oct 17, A Chinese court
ruled that journalist Yang Xiaoqing was exempt from serving the
remainder of his sentence but would not overturn the lower court's
conviction. Xiaoqing, convicted of extortion for exposing local
corruption, was released on bail last month.
2006 Oct 19, China stepped up
its diplomatic efforts with North Korea, sending a personal message
and a gift from the Chinese president to the North's leader Kim Jong
Il as Washington appealed for cooperation by Asian powers on U.N.
sanctions for Pyongyang's nuclear test.
2006 Oct 20, China’s state
press said the estuaries of China's two greatest rivers, the Yangtze
and the Yellow, have been declared dead zones by the UN due to high
amounts of pollutants. The leading People's Daily reported that it
would take at least 200 years to clean up the Bohai Sea, even if no
more sewage was poured into it. Beijing published a 5-year plan for
economic and bureaucratic reforms in the capital.
(AFP, 10/20/06)(Econ, 10/28/06, p.50)
2006 Oct 22, A half-mile
section of China's Yellow River turned "red and smelly" after an
unknown discharge was poured into it from a sewage pipe in Lanzhou,
a city of 2 million people in western Gansu province.
2006 Oct 24, Liu Jianchao,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said North Korean leader Kim
Jong Il did not apologize for his regime's nuclear test, as some
South Korean media had reported, but is willing to return to
six-party talks under certain conditions.
2006 Oct 25, French President
Jacques Chirac and a delegation of French executives traveled to
China in hopes of expanding trade with one of the world's largest
2006 Oct 26, A foreign
monitoring group said as many as 10,000 college students fought with
Chinese police in four days of protests over their academic status,
damaging cars and buildings and leaving at least 20 people injured.
An overturned truck spilled 33 tons of toxic oil into a river in
northern Shanxi province. The spill flowed into the Yangjiapo
reservoir, contaminating 70 million cubic feet of water. Water
supplies to 28,000 people were cut following the spill.
(AP, 10/26/06)(AP, 11/1/06)
2006 Oct 26, China’s state
controlled Citic Group said it has reached an agreement to buy an
oil field in Kazakhstan from Canada’s nations Energy for $1.9
(WSJ, 10/27/06, p.A10)
2006 Oct 27, China’s biggest
bank, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, went public and
raised a record $19.1 billion with an option to increase to $21.9
billion. The previous IPO record was in 1998 by NIT DoCoMo for $18.4
(SFC, 10/28/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 27, French President
Jacques Chirac called for closer ties with China in
telecommunications, nuclear power and other fields after Airbus's
decision to open a Chinese aircraft assembly line.
2006 Oct 28, An explosion
inside a western China coal mine trapped and killed 14 miners and
burned six others.
2006 Oct 29, China rocketed a
domestically produced communications satellite into orbit to provide
wider and more advanced television services across the country.
2006 Oct 30, Nigeria and China
signed an 8.3 billion dollar contract for the construction of a
railway line from the economic capital Lagos to Kano, the largest
commercial city in the north.
2006 Oct 31, China's
legislature barred all but the nation's highest court from approving
death sentences, a move that state media called the country's
biggest change to capital punishment in more than 20 years. In
northwest Gansu province gas exploded in a coal mine, killing about
2006 Oct 31, Scientists
reported that the Fujian-strain of H5N1 avian influenza has become
dominant in southern China.
(SFC, 10/31/06, p.A2)
2006 Oct, China’s trade surplus
rose to a record $23.8 billion.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.9)
2006 Nov 1, An ammonia gas leak
in central China killed one person, injured six and forced the
evacuation of about 20,000 residents. Ammonia gas leaked out of a
broken pipe at a chemical fertilizer factory in the Dawu county of
2006 Nov 2, Russia and China
indicated that they will not support a draft UN resolution imposing
tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear
2006 Nov 3, Leaders of more
than 40 African nations converged on Beijing for a summit at which
China will seek to bolster its influence on the resource-rich but
economically backward continent.
2006 Nov 4, China launched a
sweeping effort to expand its access to Africa's oil and markets,
pledging billions of dollars in aid and loans as dozens of leaders
from the world's poorest continent opened a conference aimed at
building economic ties. President Hu Jintao said China will offer $5
billion in loans and credits, and double aid to Africa by 2009.
(AP, 11/4/06)(Reuters, 11/4/06)
2006 Nov 5, China and Africa
ended an unprecedented summit, signing deals worth $1.9 billion and
pledging to boost trade and development between the world's
fastest-growing economy and its poorest continent. The leaders of
China and 48 African nations pledged to form a new strategic
partnership aimed at deepening their political and economic ties.
2006 Nov 5, A gas blast in
northern China killed 47 miners at the Jiaojiazhai mine in Shanxi
province's Xinzhou city.
2006 Nov 6, China's relations
with Zimbabwe are "unshakeable", President Hu Jintao said as he met
Pres. Mugabe amid accusations that Beijing's ties help shore up a
2006 Nov 7, China and Egypt
agreed to co-operate on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, state
media said, in a development that could rile the United States, a
traditional Cairo ally.
2006 Nov 8, Indonesian troops
found detonators and 63 tons of explosive powder on a Chinese ship
anchored off Batam island after it broke down in the Malacca Strait.
2006 Nov 9, In southern China
police armed with shields, clubs and attack dogs fired tear gas on
thousands of villagers protesting what they called a land grab by
officials of Sanzhou village in Guangdong province.
2006 Nov 10, Chinese central
bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said China will diversify its $1
trillion foreign exchange reserves across different currencies and
investment instruments, including in emerging markets. In southwest
China about 2,000 people mobbed a hospital in Guang'an City where a
young boy died after his grandfather was sent away to raise money
for the child's treatment. At least 10 people were injured in
fighting with police.
(AP, 11/10/06)(AP, 11/12/06)
2006 Nov 10, Asian nations
reached their first international agreement to implement what has
been dubbed the "Iron Silk Road." Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia,
China, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Laos, Russia, South Korea,
Turkey and seven other nations agreed to meet at least every two
years to identify vital rail routes, coordinate standards and
financing and plan upgrades and expansions, among other measures.
The UN first conceived the Trans-Asian Railway Network in 1960.
2006 Nov 11, In Beijing, China,
demonstrators angry at a crackdown on dogs staged a noisy protest,
decrying police killings of dogs and new limits on pet ownership.
2006 Nov 12, In southwest China
8 miners had died in a coal mine flood in Guizhou province. In
northern China 34 miners were killed by an explosion in a coal mine
in Shanxi province.
2006 Nov 13, The China Daily
reported that Zhou Shengxian, the head of China’s State
Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), said that the
degradation of China's environment is reaching a critical point
where health and social stability are under
threat. (AFP, 11/13/06)(AP, 11/15/06)
2006 Nov 13, The commander of
the US Pacific Fleet began a visit to China in a trip aimed at
strengthening ties between the two navies and gaining insight into
the Asian power's military buildup.
2006 Nov 14, China’s ambassador
to India set off a flap by reaffirming claim to India’s northeastern
Arunachal Pradesh state on the eve of President Hu Jintao’s visit to
(WSJ, 11/15/06, p.A1)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.43)
2006 Nov 14, US Commerce
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez urged Beijing to toughen a crackdown on
pirated goods and other copyright infringements, saying failure to
do so could fuel an American backlash against trade with China.
2006 Nov 15, China said that it
and India must make "mutual compromises" on the "disputed" issue of
Arunachal Pradesh, and that it was ready to do so.
2006 Nov 16, Citigroup in a
consortium with IBM, China Life, State Grid and Citic Trust signed
an agreement to take control of Guangdong Development Bank.
2006 Nov 16, Juang Jiefu,
China’s Deputy Health Minister, acknowledged that human organs used
in transplants have been taken from executed prisoners and that
foreign recipients have paid large sums to avoid a long wait.
(SFC, 11/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 18, In southern China
police in Dongzhou dispersed a crowd and freed 8 hostages held
captive for a week by villagers angry about the detention of a local
activist. In eastern China a stampede on a stairwell killed six
children and injured 11 at Tutang Middle School in Jiangxi
province's Duchang County.
(AP, 11/18/06)(AP, 11/19/06)
2006 Nov 19, President Bush in
Vietnam sought Chinese President Hu Jintao's help on dual fronts,
aiming to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions and encourage the
Chinese people to buy more US goods. Pacific Rim leaders urged North
Korea to take concrete steps to live up to its commitments to stop
developing nuclear weapons.
2006 Nov 20, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in New Delhi for the second visit by a Chinese
2006 Nov 21, In northeastern
China a bus carrying primary school students plunged off a bridge,
killing eight of the children and injuring 39.
2006 Nov 22, China reported
that the number of HIV/AIDS cases is nearly 30% higher than for all
of last year, with intravenous drug use as the biggest source of
2006 Nov 23, China’s state
media reported government plans to spend about $250 billion
extending the country's expressways to deal with a surge in car
ownership over the next three decades.
2006 Nov 23, Chinese President
Hu Jintao received a red carpet welcome to Pakistan on a trip aimed
at expanding economic ties with Beijing's longtime ally, including
signing a free trade agreement between the two countries.
2006 Nov 23, In India a Tibetan
activist protesting against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region set
himself on fire outside a hotel where China's president was staying.
An official later said the activist was not seriously injured.
2006 Nov 24, China signed a
five-year free trade pact with Pakistan, promised to continue joint
development of nuclear energy, and pledged to play a "constructive"
role in resolving disputes between Pakistan and neighboring rival
2006 Nov 26, In China
construction of the $3.7 billion Xiangjiaba project formally began.
Completion was set for 2015. The 6-gigawatt project Xiangjiaba dam
on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the nearby
12.6-gigawatt Xiluodu dam together are expected to match or exceed
the capacity of the Three Gorges dam. An explosion triggered by a
gas buildup in a coal mine in northern China killed 24 miners at the
Luweitan Coal Mine in Linfen, Shanxi province.
2006 Nov 28, Beijing’s
environmental protection agency reported that water from the
Guanting reservoir, Beijing's fourth-largest drinking source, was
not fit for human consumption or irrigation during the month of
2006 Nov 29, The Texas-based
China Aid Association said in a statement 3 leaders of the Three
Grade Servant church had been put to death in northeast China's
Heilongjiang province over the past week. It said another 12 members
of the congregation had also been previously executed, bringing the
total number to 15. The case involved accusations that the Three
Grade Servant Church was involved in the murder of members of
another Christian cult, the Eastern Lightning.
2006 Nov, In China a painting
by Liu Xiaodong, one of the so-called cynical realists, was
auctioned in Beijing for $2.7 million, the highest price ever paid
for a work by a contemporary Chinese artist.
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.66)
2006 Nov, Zhou Zhengyi, a
Shanghai business tycoon, was arrested amidst the corruption probe
involving the city’s pension system. He had been released from
prison in May, 2006, following a fraud and stock manipulation case
(WSJ, 12/11/06, p.B8)
2006 Nov, Swiss-based Novartis,
the world’s 4th largest pharmaceutical company, announced plans to
invest $100 million in a new research facility in Shanghai.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.72)
2006 Dec 1, Chinese courts
rejected an appeal from Zhao Yan, the NY Times researcher who
reported on official corruption and peasant rights before he joined
the newspaper. They upheld the four-year prison term of activist
Chen Guangcheng, who documented cases of forced abortions.
2006 Dec 2, China’s Xinhua news
said underground water reserves in around 9 out of every 10 Chinese
cities are polluted or over-exploited, and could take hundreds of
years to recover.
2006 Dec 4, China’s state media
said Ying Fuming, a manager at the Fanchang Grease Factory in
Taizhou in east China, has been arrested for using grease from
swill, sewage, pesticides and recycled industrial oil to make lard
for human consumption. 6 children died of possible food poisoning at
a boarding school at the school in Nanyao, a village in northern
(AP, 12/4/06)(AP, 12/6/06)
2006 Dec 7, Gao Qinrong (51), a
Chinese journalist jailed in 1998 after exposing government
corruption, was released 5 years early for good behavior. He
maintained that he was innocent and that he would continue trying to
clear his name.
(AP, 12/12/06)(AP, 12/20/06)
2006 Dec 8, China launched its
Fengyun-2D weather satellite. Its priority mission was forecasting
weather for the 2008 Olympics.
(Econ, 12/16/06, p.42)
2006 Dec 11, China's banking
industry officially opened to full foreign competition, a landmark
for the country's financial sector and a day of reckoning for the
country's mostly state-owned banks.
2006 Dec 12, China’s state
press reported that Liu Zhihua (57), a former Beijing vice mayor in
charge of 2008 Olympic construction projects, was ousted from the
ruling Communist Party for graft and faces judicial prosecution.
2006 Dec 13, An international
expedition declared that a rare, nearly blind white dolphin that
survived for millions of years, is effectively extinct after ending
a fruitless six-week search of its Yangtze River habitat.
2006 Dec 14, Cisco Systems Inc.
announced a $50 million investment in the newly public China
Communications Services Corporation Ltd., making the US
network-equipment maker the largest foreign investor in CCS.
2006 Dec 16, US-based
Westinghouse Electric Co. won a two-year battle for a
multibillion-dollar nuclear power deal with China, edging out French
and Russian rivals. Stephen Tritch, Westinghouse Electric Co.
President and CEO, said the four plant deal was a multi-billion
dollar one, but gave no specifics. Past estimates put the deal at $8
2006 Dec 18, China’s state
television said China plans to keep an "absolute ability to control"
seven key sectors including oil and telecoms, even as it tries to
expose its creaking state-owned firms to the rigors of a market
2006 Dec 18, Verizon
Communications Inc. said it and five Asian telecom companies will
build a $500 million undersea optical cable linking the United
States and China to boost communications capacity by more than 60
2006 Dec 22, In China the first
talks on North Korea's nuclear program since the communist nation
tested an atomic device ended without an agreement on disarmament or
a date for further negotiations.
2006 Dec 23, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Iran for refusing
to suspend uranium enrichment. The Security Council resolution
ordered all countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and
technology that could contribute to its nuclear and missile
programs. It also froze the Iranian assets of 10 key companies and
12 individuals related to those programs. Iran denounced the
sanctions. China’s endorsement was an important symbolic act.
(AP, 12/24/06)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.37)
2006 Dec 24, China’s state
media announced that Du Shicheng, a top Communist Party official in
the eastern province of Shandong, had been fired for misconduct.
2006 Dec 26, Chinese and
Japanese history scholars met for the first in a series of
government-mandated study groups aimed at smoothing over differences
between the Asian powers on historical issues.
2006 Dec 27, China’s state
media reported that temperatures in China will rise significantly in
coming decades and water shortages will worsen, citing the
government's first national assessment of global climate change.
2006 James Kynge authored
“China Shakes the World: The Rise of a Hungry Nation."
(Econ, 4/22/06, p.80)
2006 China commenced the
building of an eco-city called Dongtan at the northern boundary of
Shanghai on the island of Chongming at mouth of the Yangzi River.
The 1st phase, expected to be completed in 2010, would accommodate
25,000 people. The British engineering firm Arup helped in the
design. Chen Liangyu, Shanghai Communist Party chief, was a big
promoter, but was sacked and later convicted for property-related
corruption. In 2009 construction on the development was put on hold.
(Econ, 9/23/06, TQ p.20)(Econ, 3/21/09, p.44)
2006 China’s central government
included Plum Flower Boxing, a type of martial art, in its
first-ever list of “intangible cultural heritages."
(Econ, 12/18/10, p.76)
2006 In China the annual income
per person passed $2,000 and demand for natural resources began to
grow at a faster pace.
(Econ, 3/15/08, SR p.21)
2006 China overtook Japan to
become the world’s 4th largest spender of defense, after American,
Britain and France.
(Econ, 6/30/07, p.32)
2006 China’s trade surplus with
the US increased to $233 billion this year, accounting for almost
30% of America’s total deficit.
(Econ, 5/19/07, p.73)
2006 In China more than 800
senior officials were convicted this year of embezzlement, bribery
and dereliction of duty.
(WSJ, 3/21/07, p.A16)
2006 China ended centuries-old
taxes on all crops except tobacco.
(Econ, 1/17/15, p.46)
2006 China exported 75,000
vehicles this year to over 100 countries.
(Econ, 11/25/06, p.63)
2006 Official reckoning of
deaths on China’s roads numbered some 89,000 this year.
(Econ, 2/16/08, p.32)
2006 China said 4,750 people
died in mine accidents this year, an average of 13 a day.
2006 Dr. Jiao Nianzhi of
China’s Xiamen Univ. developed a technique called time series
observation based infra red epifluorescence microscopy (TIREM). He
used it accurately measure creatures in the ocean called aerobic
anoxygenic photoheterotrophic bacteria (AAPB). Results showed that
these organisms constitute 7% of the oceans’ microbes.
(Econ, 9/11/10, p.96)
2006 The first penis transplant
in the world took place in China. It was later removed due to a
severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife.
2006 Employees at a Chinese
owned copper mine in Chambisi, Zambia, were sprayed with gunfire
while protesting working conditions.
(WSJ, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2006 Amnesty Int’l. counted
2,790 people sentenced to death in China and 1,010 executed.
(Econ, 1/12/08, p.36)
2006 Angola’s Gen. Fernando
Miala, head of the external intelligence service, alleged that some
$2 billion in Chinese money intended for infrastructure projects had
disappeared. The general was soon sacked and imprisoned.
(Econ, 8/13/11, p.22)
2006 Foreign ministers of
Brazil, Russia, India and China began annual meeting as a group. In
2001 Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs coined the acronym BRIC to
describe these 4 developing countries.
2007 Jan 1, China’s government
began requiring all companies listed on the Shenzhen and Shanghai
stock markets to prepare their accounts according to Int’l.
Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The initial decision had been
made in Nov 2005. New rules came into effect that allowed foreign
reporters to go more or less where they pleased.
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.13, 63)(Econ, 1/20/07, p.18)
2007 Jan 1, Li Zhaoxing,
China's foreign minister, signed a string of accords in Benin as
part of a whistle-stop tour of seven African nations as Beijing
bolsters economic ties on the continent. From Benin Li flew to
Equatorial Guinea ahead of visits in the coming days to
Guinea-Bissau, Chad, the Central African Republic, Eritrea and
2007 Jan 2, China's foreign
minister continued his whistle-stop African tour in Equatorial
Guinea, where he cancelled debt, promised aid and opened a new
Chinese-built media centre.
2007 Jan 3, It was reported
that more than a million Chinese die each year of smoking related
diseases. The toll was expected to double by 2025. A roadside bomb
in southern China killed two children who found the explosive
wrapped in a package and began playing with it in Shenzhen.
(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A1)(AP, 1/4/07)
2007 Jan 3, China's Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing arrived in the central African nation of
Guinea-Bissau for cooperation talks. His 7-nation tour reflected
Chinese interest in Africa.
2007 Jan 5, Chinese police
raided an alleged terrorist camp in a western mountain region near
the border with Pakistan, killing 18 suspects and arresting 17 at a
training camp run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
Critics accused Beijing of using claims of terrorism as an excuse to
crack down on peaceful pro-independence sentiment and expressions of
2007 Jan 5, Chinese Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing met with Pres. Bozize of the Central African
Republic. Zhaoxing was set to sign a series of accords as part of
seven-nation tour highlighting China's increasing interest in the
2007 Jan 5, Australia’s Foreign
Minister Alexander Downer said Australia and China have ratified a
nuclear agreement clearing the way for the export of uranium to feed
Beijing's giant nuclear power program.
2007 Jan 5, In southern Nigeria
gunmen kidnapped five Chinese workers fixing overhead telephone
2007 Jan 6, China unveiled its
Jian-10 multi-role indigenous fighter jet, marking a "historic leap
forward" and narrowing a technological gap with major military
2007 Jan 7, Staff at a
logistics company in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province,
found a human torso in a box seeping blood but marked as carrying
medicine. Two days later, police in Beijing and Jiangyin, in eastern
Jiangsu province, found a man's head and arms. On Jan 15 state media
said Chinese police have detained a man and a woman suspected of
killing a man and posting his body parts to three different cities.
2007 Jan 7, The North American
Int’l. Auto Show opened in Detroit. China’s Changfeng Group Co.,
made its first appearance at the international auto show in Detroit,
Mich. China numbered over 100 automakers and industry consolidation
(Econ, 1/6/07, p.54)(WSJ, 1/3/07, p.B1)
2007 Jan 9, Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in China for a visit centered around
boosting trade ties and discussions on Iran's nuclear program.
2007 Jan 10, China said 2006
its global trade surplus jumped nearly 75% from the previous year to
a record $177.5 billion. Lan Chengzhang, who worked for the China
Trade News, was beaten while visiting a mine in Hunyuan county in
the northern province of Shanxi and died of an apparent brain
hemorrhage the next day. His death sparked a media outcry and a
police investigation. On June 27 the Intermediate People's Court of
Linfen city in Shanxi province convicted Hou Zhenrun, the head of a
small unlicensed mine outside the northern city of Datong, for
organizing a gang of five men to beat reporter. Zhenrun sentenced to
life in prison. The five men who beat the reporters received jail
terms of 5-15 years. A sixth was sentenced to a year in jail for
harboring the suspects.
(AP, 1/10/07)(Reuters, 1/17/07)(AP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jan 10, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert, midway through an official visit to Beijing, said he
received a candid assurance from China that it opposes Iran having a
2007 Jan 11, China destroyed
its Feng Yun 1-C, an aging weather satellite launched in 1999, with
a ballistic missile 537 miles above the Earth. The impact created
about 28% of the junk currently floating in space. The US halted
such tests in 1985 for fear of creating debris deadly to spacecraft.
(WSJ, 1/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.38)(Econ,
2007 Jan 11, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert ended a visit to China after talks with Chinese leaders on
Iran's nuclear program and efforts to boost trade and economic ties.
2007 Jan 12, State media said
China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women
in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting in part from
the country's tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced. In
northern China an underground gas explosion struck the Niuxinhui
Coal Mine in the province of Shanxi killing 13 people with 9
injured. Police in southern China arrested 10 farmers in Botang in
the impoverished region of Guangxi embroiled in a dispute with a
paper mill over pollution they say is killing their crops and
fouling their water sources.
(AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/13/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007 Jan 12, China and Russia
blocked the Security Council from demanding an end to political
repression and human rights violations in military-ruled Myanmar,
rejecting a resolution proposed by the United States. South Africa
sided with China and Russia.
(AP, 1/13/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.47)
2007 Jan 15, Bo Yibo (b.1908),
one of China's first Communist revolutionaries and a member of the
post-Mao circle of leaders known as the "eight immortals," died in
2007 Jan 16, Canadian Trade
Minister David Emerson signed a technology deal with China, on a
visit aimed at reinvigorating relations with the Asian superpower
that have been dented by Canada's blunt talk on human rights.
2007 Jan 16, Chinese search
engine Baidu.com and EMI Music launched an Internet venture that
will let users listen to streaming music for free, adding to Baidu's
growing entertainment business.
2007 Jan 17, In Nigeria rebels
released 5 Chinese telecommunications workers and an Italian oil
worker abducted in the southern delta region.
2007 Jan 18, In China hundreds
of riot police clashed with villagers protesting against an alleged
land grab by officials in the southern province of Guangdong.
2007 Jan 18, The United States
criticized China for conducting an anti-satellite weapons test in
which an old Chinese weather satellite was destroyed by a ballistic
missile on Jan 11.
2007 Jan 23, China Central
Television banned all images and spoken references to pigs in order
to avoid offending Muslims. The Year of the Pig was set to begin in
(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 25, China reported
that its sizzling economy grew at 10.7% in 2006, its fastest rate in
a decade, as the government struggled to contain the strains of an
2007 Jan 25, In southern
Nigeria gunmen stormed the local offices of a major Chinese oil
company, abducting seven Chinese employees and stealing a large
amount of cash.
2007 Jan 26, China’s state
media said police in northern China have detained three men for the
deaths of two women last year whose corpses were sold as "ghost
brides" to accompany dead men in the afterlife. The ghost bride
tradition, called "minghun" or afterlife marriage, is common in the
Loess Plateau region of northern China.
2007 Jan 27, In China a gas
explosion in the Yile Coal Mine in the southern town of Shuitang in
Guizhou province killed at least 15 miners.
2007 Jan 30, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao set out on an eight-nation tour of Africa. Foreign ministry
spokeswoman Jiang Yu said: “On the arms exports to Africa, China
takes a cautious and responsible attitude."
(AP, 1/30/07)(AFP, 1/30/07)
2007 Jan 31, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Cameroon to begin his second African tour to
boost ties with a continent that has many of the oil and commodity
reserves the Asian giant needs for its ballooning economy.
2007 Jan 31, Canada's former
Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region David Kilgour and
human rights lawyer David Matas released a report saying China's
military is harvesting organs from prison inmates, mostly Falungong
practitioners, for large scale transplants including for foreign
2007 Jan, Police in China
arrested Song Tiantang, who soon confessed to killing 6 women and
selling their bodies to buyers of ghost brides. In the late 1990s he
had been arrested for supplying the ghost bride market by just
(Econ, 7/28/07, p.44)
2007 Feb 1, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Liberia. He held talks with Liberian Pres. Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf and address the parliament, before meeting some 500
Chinese peacekeepers. Jintao was also due to visit Sudan, Zambia,
Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles during his
2007 Feb 1, Zhengzhou city
authorities put Gao Yaojie under house arrest to stop her from
traveling to Washington to be honored by a charity backed by Sen.
Hillary Clinton. The retired Chinese doctor helped expose
blood-buying schemes that infected thousands with HIV.
2007 Feb 2, Chinese President
Hu Jintao offered Sudan assistance for the peaceful resolution of
the Darfur conflict but ignored Western pressure to make future aid
conditional on the progress made. Jintao agreed on closer economic
cooperation with Sudan after sealing talks with a series of trade
agreements. Jintao told Sudan's leader he must give the United
Nations a bigger role in trying to resolve the conflict in Darfur.
2007 Feb 2, A mine explosion in
China’s Henan province killed 24 coal miners at the Xing'an coal
mine. Newspapers later reported that mining officials had said that
seven miners had died in the blast, and that mine owner Fu Faming
ordered miners back into the shaft to seal it with earth in an
attempt to bury evidence of the deaths.
2007 Feb 3, Chinese President
Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Zambia, a
copper-rich country where China's growing clout has prompted charges
of exploitation and emerged as a volatile political issue.
2007 Feb 3, In southern China a
tour bus traveling in the wrong lane on a highway plowed into an
oncoming bus in Hechi, killing 13 passengers and injuring 75.
2007 Feb 4, In eastern China a
fire swept through a two-story building of shops and apartments,
killing at least 17 people in Zhejiang province's Taizhou city.
2007 Feb 4, In Zambia China’s
President Hu Jintao pledged $800 million in investments, debt
write-offs and a "showcase" free trade zone as he ended a tour
there. Beijing's economic juggernaut has sparked tensions in Zambia.
2007 Feb 5, China’s president
Hu Jintao brought his eight-nation African tour to Namibia, a
sparsely populated, mineral-rich desert country that hopes to
benefit from an influx of Chinese investment and tourists.
2007 Feb 6, China’s President
Hu Jintao vowed to forge a partnership of equals with South Africa
as he held talks with his counterpart Thabo Mbeki.
2007 Feb 7, In South Africa
Chin’s President Hu Jintao promised to increase imports from Africa,
responding to fears about the trade deficit that increased as China
pumped unprecedented aid, investment and loans into the poor but
2007 Feb 7, In central China an
overcrowded passenger vehicle returning from a wedding party plunged
off a cliff, killing 16 members of an extended family.
2007 Feb 8, State media said
officials in eastern China plan to name and shame rich families who
ignore the country's strict one-child policy and simply pay the fine
for having a second or third baby. China executed Ismail Semed, an
ethnic Muslim and member of the Uighur minority group in Xinjiang,
for alleged separatist activities. Human rights groups condemned
because they said the prosecution's case against him lacked evidence
and his confession may have been coerced.
(AP, 2/8/07)(AP, 2/9/07)
2007 Feb 8, China’s President
Hu Jintao arrived in Mozambique on the penultimate stop in his
8-nation African tour.
2007 Feb 9, China’s state Food
and Drug Administration vowed to probe up to 170,000 medicines
produced by manufacturers, which allegedly bribed its sacked head
Zheng Xiaoyu for production licenses. The top drug safety official
was being investigated for bribery after a number of deaths and
scandals were linked to shoddy medicines.
2007 Feb 9, In China envoys to
international talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program
struggled to find a compromise as differences emerged over a Chinese
proposal on how to begin the disarmament process.
2007 Feb 12, China's General
Administration of Customs said surging trade surplus jumped 67% in
January from the same month last year to $15.88 billion.
2007 Feb 13, Gan Yisheng, a
senior party discipline and oversight official, said nearly 100,000
members of China's ruling Communist Party were punished last year
for corruption, and that eradicating graft in the near future
remains a huge challenge. A Chinese business executive was sentenced
to death for swindling $385 million from investors in a bogus
ant-breeding scheme. Wang Zhendong, chairman of Yingkou Donghua
Trading Group Co., had promised returns of up to 60% for buying kits
of ants and breeding equipment.
(AFP, 2/13/07)(AP, 2/15/07)
2007 Feb 13, In Geneva the US
clashed with China and Russia during a disarmament debate over how
to prevent an arms race in outer space, and Washington criticized
Beijing for its recent test of an anti-satellite missile. Russia and
China, in turn, condemned the "one state" that refuses to consider a
treaty banning space weapons, a reference to the US.
2007 Feb 18, The Chinese
flocked to temples, parks and Disneyland to pray, play, eat, and
celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year
of the Pig. The celebrations extended to March 4.
(AP, 2/18/07)(WSJ, 3/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 23, It was reported
that China had established clinics to treat teens addicted to the
(SFC, 2/23/07, p.A16)
2007 Feb 26, China’s state
media said falling water levels in the Yangtze River have left 1
million people short of drinking water.
2007 Feb 27, In China stocks
sold off sending the Shanghai composite index down 8.8% as rumors
circulated that the government was considering new measures to tame
speculation. The plunge, assisted by order routing problems on the
NYSE, led to a 416 point drop in the DJIA.
(SFC, 2/28/07, p.C8)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.11)(Econ,
2007 Feb 27, China’s state
media said scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in
controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in
2007 Feb 27, DaimlerChrysler
AG, seeking to cut costs and boost sales in North America, said it
will start selling Chinese-made cars in that market and western
Europe as it tries to meet demand for smaller, more economical
2007 Feb 28, An official report
said China's population grew by almost 7 million people last year.
China's National Bureau of Statistics said that the country's
population was 1,314,480,000 at the end of 2006, an increase of 6.92
million people. Numbers also showed that China will overtake the US
this year or in 2008 as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse
(AP, 2/28/07)(SFC, 3/5/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 28, Chinese stocks
recovered following their worst plunge in a decade as regulators
shifted into damage control, denying rumors of plans for a 20
percent capital gains tax on stock investments. A sandstorm with
hurricane-strength wind gusts derailed a train in the far west,
killing at least four people and injuring another 30.
2007 Feb, China's top leaders
approved a program to build large commercial aircraft, lending
crucial government support to plans to challenge the domination of
Boeing and Airbus in the country's fast-growing aviation market.
State-owned China Aviation Industry Corporation I, or AVIC I,
planned to start making large aircraft by 2020.
2007 Feb, In China the Roewe
750 saloon went on sale. The car was launched as part of a joint
venture between SAIC, a state-owned carmaker, General Motors and
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.79)
2007 Mar 2, China demanded the
United States scrap a planned sale of hundreds of missiles to
Taiwan, warning the deal would harm regional stability and bilateral
2007 Mar 2, Scientists scanning
the deep interior of Earth have found evidence of a vast water
reservoir beneath eastern Asia that is at least the volume of the
2007 Mar 4, China said it will
boost military spending by 17.8% this year, continuing more than a
decade of double-digit annual increases that have raised concerns
among the United States and China's neighbors.
2007 Mar 5, A Tokyo paper said
Japan, the United States and India will carry out a joint military
drill in the Pacific off Japan's coast amid concerns about China's
2007 Mar 6, An explosion at a
coal mine in south China killed at least 15 workers.
2007 Mar 6, Researchers
reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that
pollution from Asia is helping generate stronger storms over the
North Pacific, according to new research. Satellite measurements
have shown an increase in tiny particles generated from coal burning
in China and India in recent decades.
2007 Mar 7, In China a
government directive said all pet dogs will be killed in a district
of the southwestern city of Chongqing as part of an anti-rabies
campaign. Residents of the city's Wanzhou district had until March
15 to hand over their dogs.
2007 Mar 7, North Korea
reported that it has slaughtered hundreds of cows and pigs after an
outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The report said the sickened
cows had been imported from Tieling, China.
2007 Mar 8, Chinese lawmakers
formally introduced a hotly debated law to protect private property,
saying that personal wealth in an increasingly prosperous China
requires legal safeguards.
2007 Mar 9, Finance Minister
Jin Renqing said China is creating an investment company to make
more profitable use of its $1 trillion in foreign currency reserves,
in a move that could change the flow of billions of dollars in
2007 Mar 9, Xinhua Finance
Media shares made their debut on the NYSE raising $300 million.
Fredy Bush (49), a US-born entrepreneur, served as CEO of Xinhua
Finance Ltd., the Shanghai-based parent of the US listed company.
(WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 11, In northeast China
22 miners were confirmed dead and the lives of seven others were
feared lost in a coal mine flood on the previous day. The flood
occurred in a pit belonging to the state-owned Fushun Mining Group
in the province of Liaoning.
2007 Mar 12, In central China
villagers armed with bricks and rocks continued to clash with
baton-wielding police over rising bus fares and at least 60 people
were injured. A student died from wounds incurred a day earlier.
2007 Mar 15, China expressed
"deep regret" over a US decision to punish a Macau bank for
allegedly helping North Korea launder money, foreshadowing the
difficulties of enforcing an international agreement on the North's
2007 Mar 16, China's
legislators passed a law providing the most sweeping protection for
private businesses and property since the nation's move toward a
more capitalist-style economy beginning in the late 1970s. The
legislature approved a law to end three decades of blanket tax
breaks for foreign investors, raising their rates to match those of
2007 Mar 17, China's central
bank said it will raise key interest rates by more than a quarter
point to control a surge in bank lending and investment and to
prevent consumer prices from rising. The 0.27% point hike in
one-year deposit and lending benchmark rates will go into effect Mar
18. This was the 3rd rate hike in a year.
(SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A18)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007 Mar 17, Two cargo ships
collided in the East China Sea, killing at least eight people. The
collision occurred off Zhejiang province between a cargo ship from
China and a Hong Kong-registered vessel. The Hong Kong ship, with 29
crew aboard, sank immediately.
2007 Mar 17, Officials in
Guatemala City said China is seeking to join the Inter-American
Development Bank, Latin America's largest financing institution, as
a way to fuel its economic development and increase its influence in
2007 Mar 18, In northern China
a coal mine explosion killed 19 with two miners still missing and
presumed dead in a mine in the suburbs of Shanxi province's Jincheng
2007 Mar 20, China approved
four foreign banks to begin local currency services to individual
Chinese customers, opening up access to the country's 30 trillion
yuan ($4 trillion; 3 euros trillion) in household savings and
surging demand for credit cards and other financial services.
2007 Mar 26, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Russia on his third visit as national leader,
seeking energy deals but also offering Moscow business opportunities
and international cooperation as they expand ties.
2007 Mar 27, State media said
China will pour billions of dollars into an airport, power plants,
roads and education to help raise the standard of living of Tibetans
over the next three years.
2007 Mar 27, United Commercial
Bank of San Francisco said it had concluded negotiations to
become the sole owner of the Business Development Bank of Shanghai.
In 1992 the Business Development Bank of Shanghai was established as
China’s first foreign-owned bank.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.73)
2007 Mar 28, In northern China
an underground gas explosion killed 26 miners in a coal mine in
Linfen city, Shanxi province. 6 workers were trapped underground
after a subway construction site for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
collapsed. Hopes for their survival were slim.
2007 Mar 30, The Bush
administration, facing heavy pressure to deal with soaring trade
deficits, said it is imposing economic sanctions against China to
protect American paper producers from unfair Chinese government
2007 Apr 1, A knife-wielding
Chinese tour guide injured 20 people in a stabbing-and-slashing
spree at a southwestern resort following an argument over kickbacks
on souvenir sales. Xu Mingchao (25) from the province of
Heilongjiang, was arrested following the incident.
2007 Apr 2, China’s first
deadline for income taxes was extended a few days because of low
compliance. Anyone earning over 120,000 yuan ($15,500) annually was
supposed to file a return. In southwestern China developers tore
down a stubborn couple's house after a three-year standoff that
hindered a construction project and captivated the nation. The
couple reportedly negotiated a deal with the real estate developer
that gives them a new apartment and a sizable compensation package.
(Econ, 4/14/07, p.49)(AP, 4/3/07)(Econ, 4/7/07,
2007 Apr 3, A state news agency
said China's government has ordered newspapers to stamp out the
common practice of demanding money from people they cover.
2007 Apr 5, China told banks to
increase their reserves for the third time this year, cutting the
amount of money available for lending in a new effort to cool an
investment boom that Beijing worries could lead to a financial
crisis. Chinese celebrated the annual tomb-sweeping festival, but
state media said soaring funeral costs were leading to people
complaining they can no longer afford to die.
2007 Apr 6, China published new
rules governing human organ transplants in its latest effort to
clean up a business critics say has little regard for medical
ethics. These included consent from the deceased owner’s family.
(AP, 4/7/07)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.48)
2007 Apr 6, A Chinese
delegation arrived in Sudan's troubled Darfur region for a 4-day
visit. They met officials and visited camps for the internally
2007 Apr 8, A Chinese ship,
Jinhaikun, and a foreign cargo vessel, Harvest, collided off the
east China coast in Taizhou Bay. 19 Chinese and one Indonesian
missing in the accident were all on the Harvest.
2007 Apr 9, State press
reported that China's farmland is becoming increasingly polluted,
with coal-dependent factories and polluted waterways causing
billions of dollars in damages.
2007 Apr 9, China urged Sudan
to be more flexible on a plan put forward by former UN chief Kofi
Annan to bolster peacekeeping operations in the war-torn western
region of Darfur.
2007 Apr 10, China reported a
sharp drop in its politically sensitive trade surplus and angrily
rejected US plans to file a World Trade Organization complaint over
product piracy amid pressure for Beijing to rein in its bulging
trade gap. The US filed two new complaints against China at the WTO
over copyright policy and restrictions on the sale of American
movies, music and books. China missed its deadline for announcing a
total tally of completed tax returns. Officials estimated some 1.6
million filed with 6m-7m required to file.
(AP, 4/10/07)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.49)
2007 Apr 10, In China’s
southeast Guangxi Zhuangzu region thousands of fish were reported
killed this month in a lake near Nanning due to “sharp drops in
(SFC, 4/12/07, p.A3)
2007 Apr 11, Japanese and
Chinese leaders heralded a new era of closer ties between the two
Asian powers, moving to repair relations damaged by a harsh dispute
over history and signing accords on energy and environmental
2007 Apr 13, Prominent Chinese
environmental activist Wu Lihong (39) was arrested for alleged
blackmail. Lihong has campaigned for years against the pollution of
Tai Lake which lies in the center of Yangtze Delta plain, a region
known for its natural beauty but littered with polluting light
industry and chemical factories. In August Lihong was sentenced to 3
years in prison for fraud and blackmail.
(AFP, 4/23/07)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.49)
2007 Apr 14, A Chinese rocket
placed a navigation satellite in orbit as part of an effort to build
a global positioning system.
2007 Apr 16, In southwest China
about 450 people, including 135 school students, were hospitalized
after a fertilizer plant discharged a "huge amount" of sulfur
dioxide. A state-run newspaper said China's massive Yangtze river, a
lifeline for tens of millions of people, is seriously polluted and
the damage is almost irreversible.
(AP, 4/16/07)(AFP, 4/18/07)
2007 Apr 17, In China state
media said Ablikim Abdureyim, the son of a prominent US-based
Chinese Muslim activist, was sentenced in Urumqi, capital of the
Muslim Xinjiang region, to nine years in prison on subversion
charges. Abdureyim's mother, Rebiya Kadeer, once was one of China's
most prominent businesswomen. She was detained in 1999 and sentenced
to 8 years in prison on charges of endangering state security but
was allowed to leave for the United States in 2005.
2007 Apr 18, The futuristic No.
D460 bullet train departed Shanghai Station, heralding a new era of
high-speed rail travel in China. In northeast China at least 32
workers were killed and two injured when they were engulfed in
white-hot molten steel in a metal factory.
(AFP, 4/18/07)(AP, 4/18/07)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.70)
2007 Apr 19, China jailed
Huseyin Celil (37), a Uighur-Canadian, for life for separatism and
terrorism and warned Canada not to get involved even as Ottawa
announced it would send its foreign minister to discuss the case.
Celil was detained in Uzbekistan in March 2006 when he was visiting
relatives and sent to China last June.
2007 Apr 20, Bishop Fu Tieshan
(76), the hard-line chairman of the state-sanctioned Catholic
Church, died. He sparred had with the Vatican over China's
insistence on appointing its own bishops. An upsurge of gas in a
coal mine killed 11 miners in the Tao'er Coal Mine in Handan, an
industrial city in Hebei province.
(AP, 4/21/07)(AP, 4/24/07)
2007 Apr 21, A Zimbabwe cabinet
minister said the Chinese government has given Zimbabwe a 58 million
dollars financing facility that will be used to purchase farming
equipment, implements and tools.
2007 Apr 22, Zhou Chunxiu made
history as the first Chinese runner to win the London marathon as
she came home in 2hrs 20min 38sec, finishing ahead of Ethiopia's
Gete Wami and Romanian Constantina Tomescu-Dita.
2007 Apr 23, Chinese, state
television reported that President Hu Jintao has launched a campaign
to rid the country's sprawling Internet of "unhealthy" content and
make it a springboard for Communist Party doctrine.
2007 Apr 23, China’s The
Ministry of Land and Resources said agricultural land in China fell
to 121.8 million hectares (300 million acres) by the end of October
2006, a loss of 306,800 hectares since the start of the year. The
ministry said that heavy metals had contaminated about 13 million
tons of grain and that 30.4 million acres is contaminated by
2007 Apr 24, China's secretive
communist government said it has approved rules boosting official
transparency but added that state secrets have to be safeguarded and
social stability preserved. Eight miners were missing and feared
dead following an explosion in a mine in Handan, an industrial city
in Hebei province.
2007 Apr 24, In Ethiopia Ogaden
rebels raided a Chinese-run oil field near the Somali border,
killing 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese workers. An Ethiopian rebel
group claimed responsibility. The next day Ethiopia blamed Eritrea
for the attack. Eritrea issued a swift, angry denial. In 2008
security forces arrested eight men suspected of involvement in the
(AP, 4/24/07)(AP, 4/25/07)(WSJ, 4/25/07,
2007 Apr 25, China detained
four Americans on Mount Everest after they called for independence
for Tibet and protested the Beijing Olympics. More than 50 children
were poisoned by a kindergarten breakfast in Zhengzhou city in Henan
province, in the latest case highlighting problems in the country's
food supply chain.
(AP, 4/25/07)(AP, 4/26/07)
2007 Apr 26, China said it has
banned melamine from food products after the chemical was found in
exports of vegetable protein shipped to the United States, but
rejected it as the cause of dozens of pet deaths in North America.
2007 Apr 26, Ethiopian rebels
holding seven Chinese oil workers captured during an attack this
week on an oil venture in Ethiopia said they would release them "as
soon as possible."
2007 Apr 27, China’s Premier
Wen Jiabao pledged to phase out tax breaks and discounts on land and
electricity for highly polluting industries, saying the country's
environmental situation was grim and required urgent action.
2007 Apr 27, China said it has
expelled five Americans who staged a protest against the Olympics on
Mount Everest to challenge Chinese rule over the mountainous region.
2007 Apr 27, Japan's Supreme
Court upheld a ruling denying compensation to two Chinese women who
were forced to work in military brothels during World War II. The
court said that the women had no right to seek war compensation from
Japan because of a 1972 agreement with China. The top court also
overturned a lower court ruling awarding compensation to five
Chinese who were forced to work for a Japanese construction company
during the war.
2007 Apr 28, China's president
called for closer business ties with Taiwan to help squelch the
self-ruled island's pro-independence movement as he met with a
former Taiwanese opposition leader.
2007 Apr 28, China's ZTE signed
a $200 million deal with Ethiopia's state-owned Telecom Corp.
2007 Apr 29, In China 7
suspects went on trial in the beating death of a reporter at an
illegal coal mine in northern Shanxi province. Lan Chengzhang was
attacked along with a colleague when they went to interview Hou
Zhenrun, the owner of the small unlicensed coal mine outside the
northern city of Datong on Jan 10. He died the next day from head
2007 Apr 29, In Ethiopia 7
Chinese oil workers and two Africans kidnapped during a rebel attack
on a Chinese oil field near the Somali border were released.
2007 Apr 30, In China a manager
of a feed company and one of the chemical's producers said that the
mildly toxic chemical melamine is commonly added to animal feed in
China. The process fraudulently boosts the feed's sales value but
risks introducing the chemical into meat eaten by humans.
2007 May 1, China lashed out at
the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for restoring diplomatic relations
with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing claims as
2007 May 5, In central China an
explosion at the Pudeng mine, outside of Linfen city, killed 28
miners and trapped others.
(AP, 5/6/07)(AP, 5/7/07)
2007 May 5, It was reported
that China has 16 of the world’s most polluted cities. The UN said
dirty air caused the premature death of some 400,000 Chinese
(Econ, 5/5/07, SR p.11)
2007 May 7, State media said
China's top family planning body has warned that the country could
face a "population rebound" because the newly rich are ignoring
population control laws and because of early marriages in rural
areas. In southwestern China a bus plunged off a highway, killing 17
people including three children and injuring 24 others.
2007 May 7, Hong Kong
newspapers reported that an unidentified animal illness has spread
in two southern Chinese cities, infecting at least 1,300 pigs and
killing more than 300. The diseased pigs began dying in Gaoyao and
Yunfu in Guangdong province following Chinese New Year celebrations
in February. The illness was soon identified as a strain of blue ear
disease. Blue ear disease, also called porcine reproductive and
respiratory syndrome, was first identified in the United States in
1987. The disease this year killed an estimated 45 million pigs in
(AP, 5/8/07)(SFC, 5/8/07, p.A17)(AP,
5/10/07)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.68)
2007 May 8, Amnesty Int’l. said
in a report that China and Russia are supplying arms to Sudan that
are being used to fuel the violence in the Darfur region in
violation of a UN arms embargo. China and Russia quickly rejected
the report and Sudan's government said it was "not justified." China
confirmed it would send military engineers for a planned UN
peacekeeping force to Sudan's Darfur region.
2007 May 9, China ordered
strengthened controls over its food industry after a series of
health scares with international repercussions laid bare lax
standards. A Beijing court sentenced a man to life in prison for
taking nearly $500,000 in bribes while posing as a reporter, and
sometimes a top editor, for the Communist Party's official
newspaper, the People's Daily.
2007 May 9, Japan's Supreme
Court rejected compensation claims by Chinese victims of atrocities
committed by Japan in the 1930s and 40s, which included the use of
biological weapons and a massacre in the city of Nanjing.
2007 May 10, China, criticized
for not pushing its close ally Sudan to resolve the Darfur crisis,
said that it had appointed a special representative on African
affairs to focus on the issue.
2007 May 10, A US federal jury
in California convicted Chi Mak, a China-born engineer, of passing
submarine data to Beijing.
(WSJ, 5/11/07, p.A1)
2007 May 12, A South Korean
cargo vessel sank after colliding with a Chinese freighter in heavy
fog in waters off northeast China. 16 crew were on board the
3,800-ton Golden Rose when it sank. The crew of the Chinese ship,
the 4,800-ton JinSheng, were unharmed and returned safely to Dalian.
2007 May 14, A Chinese rocket
blasted a Nigerian communications satellite into orbit, marking an
expansion of China's commercial launching services for foreign space
hardware. The NIGCOMSAT-1 ceased functioning on November 11, 2008,
due to a power failure.
(AP, 5/14/07)(AP, 11/13/08)
2007 May 14, Taiwanese
President Chen Shui-bian named his sixth premier in seven years amid
paralysis in the island's relations with rival China and gridlock in
its deeply divided legislature. The World Health Organization
rejected Taiwan's bid for membership after Chinese officials accused
the island of trying to strengthen its claim to sovereignty.
2007 May 16, Zheng Xiaoyu,
China's former top drug regulator, went on trial accused of taking
bribes to approve untested medicine, including an antibiotic that
killed at least 10 patients last year before it was taken off the
market. Zheng was fired in 2005 on charges he took up to $780,000 in
bribes to approve medicine that had not been tested to ensure its
safety. He was expelled earlier this year from the ruling Communist
2007 May 17, US lawmakers
branded China and Russia the world's two biggest copyright thieves.
2007 May 18, China took steps
to let its currency appreciate faster against the dollar and to cool
its sizzling economy ahead of what are expected to contentious talks
in Washington over Beijing's soaring trade surplus.
2007 May 19, China’s state
media said an outbreak of a viral disease common in children has
sickened almost 900 people in eastern China but the outbreak has
been contained. The outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease began
in late April in the city of Linyi in Shandong province. In southern
China thousands of farmers rioted at a government office in Shabi
township, Guangxi region, after authorities imposed heavy fines on
families that had more children than allowed under the country's
family planning policy.
(AP, 5/19/07)(AP, 5/21/07)
2007 May 20, China’s state
press said that pollution and the excessive use of chemicals in
foodstuffs are sending national cancer rates soaring. 20 Chinese
women were killed and 4 injured when a 3-wheeled tractor overturned
on a mountain road in northern Liaoning province.
2007 May 21, A Chinese
delegation led by Vice Premier Wu Yi arrived in the United States
for two days of talks that will spotlight tensions over US trade
deficits with the Asian export giant. A Chinese state fund that is
buying a $3 billion stake in US private equity firm Blackstone Group
LP wants to avoid political backlashes when it makes other
2007 May 22, The US and China
opened a new round of high-level economic talks with the Bush
administration pushing for concrete results and China saying efforts
to politicize trade disagreements would be a mistake.
2007 May 23, China said it was
investigating reports that toothpaste containing a potentially
deadly chemical had been exported to Central America.
2007 May 24, In southern China
residents of Bobai county angrily accused authorities of forcing
women to have abortions and vandalizing homes in a brutal campaign
to enforce birth-control policies. Government "work teams" had
raided homes, carried out mass arrests and levied crippling fines
across Guangxi, a sprawling region near the Vietnam border.
Communist Party officials in Shanghai convened a congress to install
a new generation of leaders following a corruption scandal that
toppled the city's top leader. 2 days of heavy rainstorms in
southwest China triggered flash floods and mudslides killed 21
people and left 11 missing.
(AFP, 5/24/07)(AP, 5/24/07)
2007 May 25, Costa Rica health
officials said they have seized more than 350 tubes of Chinese-made
toothpaste tainted with a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes
sold elsewhere in the world.
2007 May 25, In Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, China and the African Union launched a 150-million-dollar
project to build a new conference centre for the cash-strapped
2007 May 26, In northeast China
a restaurant fire killed 11 staff and diners and injured 16 others.
The fire started in the kitchen and raged through the popular
three-story Baixinglou restaurant in Liaoning province's Chaoyang
2007 May 29, Zheng Xiaoyu,
China's former top drug regulator, was sentenced to death in an
unusually harsh punishment for taking bribes to approve substandard
medicines, including an antibiotic blamed for at least 10 deaths.
2007 May 29, China said it will
not be tied to targets on cutting carbon emissions as Europe and
Asia failed to agree at a 40-nation meeting on how to fight global
2007 May 29, The roof of a
newly built house in Wulanji, a northern Chinese village in Inner
Mongolia, collapsed during a celebration for its completion, killing
16 people and injuring another 29.
2007 May 30, Chinese stocks
plunged after the government raised a tax on share trades, trying to
cool a market boom amid growing concerns about a possible bubble.
The stamp tax was tripled to 0.3%. The port city of Xiamen announced
a decision to temporarily suspend construction of a petrochemical
plant after nearly a million text messages were sent protesting its
(AP, 5/30/07)(WSJ, 5/31/07, p.A8)(Econ, 6/2/07,
2007 May 31, China’s state
media said fast-spreading, foul-smelling blue-green algae smothered
Lake Tai in eastern Jiangsu province, contaminating the drinking
water for millions of people and sparking panic-buying of bottled
2007 May 31, Mexico's Televisa
network, known around the world for its soap operas, said it plans
to expand in China, following the lead of taco chains and other
Mexican businesses looking for a slice of the Asian nation's market.
2007 Jun 1, On Children’s Day
in China thousands of people rallied in Xiamen to protest plans for
a Taiwanese-owned chemical factory to make paraxylene, used in
polyester. Thousands marched again the next day
(Econ, 6/23/07, p.48)
2007 Jun 1, In China a new
bankruptcy law took effect making it easier to restructure insolvent
(http://tinyurl.com/gpav4ar)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.68)
2007 Jun 1, The US government
warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it
may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.
2007 Jun 3, A strong earthquake
shook a hilly southwestern Chinese region near the border with Laos,
killing at least three people.
2007 Jun 3, A 19-year-old
Chinese soldier died of the virulent strain of bird flu, the
country's 16th reported death from the virus.
2007 Jun 4, China promised to
better control emissions of greenhouse gases, unveiling a national
program to combat global warming, but rejected mandatory caps on
emissions as unfair to countries still trying to catch up with the
developed West. The government also said it will license no new
Internet cafes this year while regulators carry out an industry-wide
inspection, amid official concern that online material is harming
2007 Jun 5, China joined Russia
in criticizing a US plan to build a missile defense system in
Europe, saying the system could set off an arms race.
2007 Jun 5, Coca-Cola Co. at
the World Wildlife Foundation's annual meeting in Beijing announced
it is funding a $20 million project to conserve seven major rivers
worldwide and also will revamp its bottling practices to reduce
pollution and water use.
2007 Jun 6, In north China Song
Pingshun (61), head of Tianjin's advisory committee to the national
legislature, died in an apparent suicide amid a probe into alleged
bribe-taking and shady real estate deals by at least three
2007 Jun 6, President Oscar
Arias announced that Costa Rica has broken diplomatic ties with
Taiwan and established relations with China, delivering a blow to
the Asian island's fragile international standing.
2007 Jun 8, In southern China
thousands of workers, mostly women, at a plastic Christmas tree
factory clashed with police after a 10-day strike.
2007 Jun 9, China said it had
rejected a shipment of pistachios from the US because it contained
ants, the latest indication the government may be retaliating as
Chinese products are turned back from overseas because of safety
concerns. Xinhua news agency said rain storms and floods have killed
at least 40 people across southern China in recent days and made
(AP, 6/9/07)(AP, 6/10/07)
2007 Jun 10, A human rights
group issued a report saying China is forcing nomadic Tibetan
herders to settle in towns to clear land for development, leaving
many unable to earn a living.
2007 Jun 10, Sweden’s telecoms
network firm Ericsson signed a framework agreement to provide $1
billion worth of networking equipment to China Mobile Communications
2007 Jun 11, Organizers of the
Beijing Olympics threatened to cancel the contracts of companies
using child labor and violating minimum-wage rules to make
Olympic-licensed products. The country's chief veterinarian said
Blue ear disease, blamed for a surge in politically sensitive pork
prices, has spread to 22 Chinese provinces and regions. State media
said Chinese authorities are investigating the widespread sale of
fake blood protein to hospitals and pharmacies, a practice that
deprives patients of a crucial medical need.
2007 Jun 11, Yahoo Inc. said
China should not punish people for expressing their political views
on the Internet, a day after the mother of a Chinese reporter
announced she was suing the US company for helping officials
imprison her son.
2007 Jun 12, Australian PM John
Howard agreed to meet the Dalai Lama after opponents charged he was
afraid of offending China, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing.
The Dalai Lama warned major nations not to try to contain China's
economic and military rise, and urged countries like Australia to
use their trading clout to pressure Beijing on human rights.
(AP, 6/12/07)(Reuters, 6/12/07)
2007 Jun 13, State media said
China’s southern Guangdong province was rushing to shore up dams
eroded by weeks of heavy rains and high waters that already have
killed at least 76 people. State media also reported that Cheng
Laifu, a teacher in northwestern China, has been sentenced to death
for raping 18 primary school girls, the second such case in the same
area. He was convicted of raping the 18 third- and fourth-grade
students on 70 separate occasions between September 2001 and March
2005. The victims were 9 and 10. Xinhua News said that in July 2005,
Li Guang, also a teacher in Changhe township, was sentenced to death
for raping 23 fourth- and fifth-grade students.
(AP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 14, Police in Henan
province said they have rescued more than 200 people, including 29
children, who were working as "slaves" in brick kilns, in a shocking
revelation of labor practices in booming China.
2007 Jun 15, China’s state
media said as many as 1,000 children may have been sold into slave
labor in central China, enduring maiming and brutality in primitive
brick kilns, amid an expanding scandal about official neglect.
2007 Jun 16, China’s state
media said that a total of 548 slave laborers have been freed in the
past month from brick kilns and other illegal job sites in central
China where they were starved, beaten and forced to work 14 hours or
more per day.
2007 Jun 18, Researchers
reported that the first skull of the earliest known ancestor of the
giant panda has been discovered in China and estimated to be at
least 2 million years old. The animal, formally known as Ailuropoda
microta, or "pygmy giant panda," would have been about 3 feet long,
compared to the modern giant panda, which averages in excess of five
2007 Jun 19, China’s state
media reported that the worst drought in 30 years in northeast
China's Liaoning province has left more than 1.2 million people
short of drinking water.
2007 Jun 20, China announced a
nationwide crackdown on enslavement and child labor. China's
regulatory standards chief pledged to update and boost enforcement
of food safety rules as the country faces intense international
pressure for exporting unsafe products from toothpaste to pet food
ingredients. State media said floods and landslides triggered by
heavy rain have killed 36 more people and left 13 missing in
southwest and central China. A knife-wielding man slashed four
students, wounding one seriously at a high school in Fuzhou, capital
of southeastern Fujian province.
(AP, 6/20/07)(Reuters, 6/20/07)(AP, 6/21/07)
2007 Jun 20, A Dutch
government-funded agency said China has overtaken the United States
as the top emitter of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas,
because of surging energy use amid an economic boom. However
consumption and emission levels per head remained a mere fraction of
(AP, 6/20/07)(Econ, 6/13/09, p.45)
2007 Jun 21, China signed an
agreement to cancel Iraqi debt at a ceremony after a meeting between
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal
Talabani. State media reported no more brightly dyed hair, flashy
jewelry or smoking in public for China's police while they're in
2007 Jun 22, Chinese
investigators said government labor monitors and police officers
were actively involved in the Chinese brickyard slavery scandal. A
provincial governor apologized as the government stepped up efforts
to try to show it was responding to a growing slave labor scandal.
2007 Jun 26, China launched a
$1 billion fund to finance trade and investment by Chinese companies
in Africa as part of efforts to nurture commercial ties. The Chinese
government said inspectors have seized shipments of US-made orange
pulp and dried apricots containing high levels of bacteria and
preservatives. A 22-mile long bridge that its builders claim is the
world's longest sea-crossing structure was formally linked-up just
south of the business hub of Shanghai.
2007 Jun 27, Chinese
inspectors, following a six-month crackdown, said industrial oils,
acid, cancer-causing chemicals and other dangerous ingredients have
been found in thousands of foods. The government said it closed 180
food manufacturers found to have used industrial chemicals and
additives in food products. A state news agency quoted China's chief
auditor saying auditors have found that officials stole or
misused $1.9 billion in pension funds and other government money.
Cases in the latest investigations stretched back to before 2000.
(AFP, 6/27/07)(AP, 6/27/07)(WSJ, 6/28/07, p.A8)
2007 Jun 28, In Sudan China's
No. 1 oil company, CNPC, and Indonesia's PT Pertamina agreed to
co-develop a Sudanese offshore oil block, ignoring international
efforts to isolate Sudan over the crisis in its Darfur region.
2007 Jun 28, The US FDA halted
imports of 5 kinds of farm raised seafood from China after tests
revealed trace amounts of carcinogens and antibiotics.
(SFC, 6/29/07, p.B5)
2007 Jun 29, China enacted law
meant to improve workers' rights, capping a round of unprecedented
legislation by the communist government that included input from
foreign companies and the Chinese public. A French-educated
scientist was named China's health minister, becoming only the 2nd
noncommunist appointed to the Cabinet since the 1970s. Beijing
banned ten types of drugs for exaggerated effectiveness amid rising
concerns of fake and tainted products in China's food and drug
2007 Jul 3, The US-made film
"Nanking," documenting eyewitness accounts of atrocities committed
by Japanese troops in China during World War Two, opened in Beijing.
2007 Jul 3, China issued
guidelines restricting organ transplants for foreigners, giving
priority to Chinese patients in the government's latest effort to
regulate procedures that have been criticized as profit-driven and
unethical. Officials said that Chinese inspectors have found
excessive amounts of additives and preservatives in dozens of
children's snacks and seized hundreds of bottles of fake human blood
protein from hospitals.
2007 Jul 4, In northeast China
a blast ripped through a karaoke parlor and bath house, killing 25
people and injuring 33 others. It was later reported that a coal
mine owner, who ran the karaoke parlor, stored more than a ton of
explosives in the basement.
(AP, 7/5/07)(AP, 7/6/07)
2007 Jul 5, China's Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi visited Indonesia and said their countries
should cooperate to defend the interests of developing nations as
they work to enhance bilateral ties.
2007 Jul 6, A former department
head at China's drug regulation agency was sentenced to death on
bribery charges. Cao Wenzhuang was given a two-year reprieve because
he provided evidence that helped with the investigation of other
cases. Chinese cat lovers mobilized online to save a truck load of
cats from the cooking pot. A standoff continued for hours while cat
lovers spread word of the incident online, eventually raising $1,320
in donations to buy the whole load of some 800 cats.
(AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007 Jul 7, A global poll
picked the Great Wall of China, Rome's Colosseum, India's Taj Mahal,
Peru’s Macchu Picchu, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil's Statue of Christ
Redeemer and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid as the new seven wonders
of the world. The campaign to name the new wonders was launched in
1999 by the Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber.
2007 Jul 8, China’s state media
said nearly 2,000 officials in central China's Hunan province have
been caught breaking China's strict one-child policy. State media
also said floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed
at least 26 people and left 17 missing in southwest Sichuan province
in the last week.
2007 Jul 10, China executed
Zheng Xiaoyu (63), former head (1997-2006) of its State Food
and Drug Administration (SFDA), for approving untested medicine in
exchange for cash. Zheng was convicted of taking cash and gifts
worth $832,000 when he was in charge of the state administration.
(AP, 7/10/07)(WSJ, 1/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 10, The bulk log
carrier Hai Tong No. 7 went down, 375 miles northwest of Guam, where
it ran into Typhoon Man-yi. 9 of 22 crew members were dead or
missing. The ship, owned by Fuzhou Haijing Shipping, was en route
from Papua New Guinea to China.
2007 Jul 11, China's food and
drug agency announced stricter rules for approving new drugs. The
government also ordered small, loosely regulated food producers to
clean up their act.
2007 Jul 11, Nick Young,
British editor of the newsletter China Development Brief, said
officials had ordered the shut down of the newsletter for violating
a 1983 law on gathering statistics. Young had founded the
publication in 1995.
(SFC, 7/12/07, p.A11)
2007 Jul 12, China’s state
media said nearly a half-million people fled a flood zone
surrounding the swollen Huai River, while high waters in the south
unleashed a plague of an estimated 2 billion field mice that were
2007 Jul 13, China’s General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
said on its Web site that frozen poultry products from Tyson Foods
Inc., the world's largest meat processor, were found to be
contaminated with salmonella. AQSIQ said other imports barred
included frozen chicken feet from Sanderson Farms, Inc. tainted with
residue of an anti-parasite drug, as well as frozen pork ribs from
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. containing a leanness-enhancing feed
2007 Jul 17, A foreman from a
kiln in north China where workers were beaten and forced to work
18-hour days was sentenced to life in jail and another man was
sentenced to death for the beating death of a laborer. A total of 29
people were convicted in seven different courts in Shanxi for their
roles in the slavery scandal.
2007 Jul 17, An international
think-tank said China's smog-choked cities and contaminated
waterways are leaving many people sick and unable to work, in turn
fomenting unrest and threatening the country's economic growth.
2007 Jul 18, US President
George W. Bush ordered the creation of a "working group" of top
aides to review the safety of imports from China and all around the
2007 Jul 20, China said it had
shut down several firms at the heart of food and drug safety scares,
including a chemical plant implicated in the deaths of 94 people in
Panama. China also said that it "strongly opposed" decisions by the
United States to initiate anti-dumping and countervailing duty
investigations on imports of some woven sacks and steel pipes from
China. Total deaths in Panama reached 116 from contaminated
(AP, 7/20/07)(Reuters, 7/20/07)(AP, 5/10/08)
2007 Jul 20, In southern China
a mentally ill man wielding a wrench wounded 18 children and a
teacher in a kindergarten before fleeing on a motorcycle. Police
nabbed the attacker at his home and sent him to hospital because he
had stabbed himself in the stomach.
2007 Jul 20, A magnitude-6.1
quake hit far western Xinjiang's mountainous Tekes county. Chinese
authorities relocated 8,250 people after the earthquake damaged and
destroyed thousands of mud brick houses.
2007 Jul 22, China’s state
media said record rainfall this week triggered floods, landslides
and mud flows had killed 152 people and forced the evacuation of
hundreds of thousands.
2007 Jul 24, Chinese officials
said the FBI and Chinese police have busted two software piracy
gangs and seized programs worth an estimated $500 million in a joint
campaign that began in 2005.
2007 Jul 24, Westinghouse
Electric Co., majority-owned by Toshiba Corp., signed a
multi-billion-dollar contract to build 4 nuclear reactors in China.
(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A10)
2007 Jul 25, China said it will
step up inspections on the use of antibiotics in fish farms,
including chemicals that can cause cancer, after contaminants caused
trading partners to block its seafood exports.
2007 Jul 26, China’s state
media said flooding in the far west has killed 32 people over the
last 10 days, while a central city of 9 million was on high alert as
the mighty Yangtze River approached dangerous heights. Runoff from a
lead-zinc mine polluted the Zijiang river in Hunan province, cutting
off supplies to the riverside city of Lengshuijiang and residents
(AP, 7/26/07)(AP, 7/28/07)
2007 Jul 27, In China 2 men
were sentenced to death for masterminding a plan to steal oil from
an underwater pipeline, a botched plot that caused an estimated $53
million in damages.
2007 Jul 29, Whang Joung-il
(52), a senior South Korean diplomat in Beijing, died hours after
becoming ill after eating a tuna sandwich. His death left the
envoy's family and his government asking China for an explanation.
2007 Jul 30, China tightened
credit in a new effort to cool its sizzling economy, ordering banks
to shrink the pool of money for lending by increasing their reserves
for a sixth time this year.
2007 Jul 30, China’s state
media said floods, landslides and mud flows triggered by torrential
rains have killed 652 people in China so far this year, with more
heavy rains in the forecast.
2007 Jul 31, China’s state
media reported another 27 deaths from flooding and landslides in
different parts of the country.
2007 Aug 1, In China 69 men
trapped in a flooded Chinese coal mine for more than three days were
pulled out alive, ending a terrifying ordeal in which they survived
on milk and pumped-in oxygen.
2007 Aug 2, China’s state media
reported that courts in northern China have sentenced 31 people,
including a police officer, to prison terms of up to five years
stemming from the use of slave labor in brick kilns. In east China a
rising wave in the Qiantang River, known for its strong tides,
engulfed 33 swimmers and visitors walking along a levee. At least
eight were killed.
(AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)
2007 Aug 2, Beijing and
Washington agreed to cooperate more closely on product and food
safety as the US recalled almost 1 million toys due to lead
concerns. Mattel apologized to customers as it recalled nearly a
million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were
found to have excessive amounts of lead.
(AP, 8/3/07)(SFC, 8/3/07, p.D1)(AP, 8/2/08)
2007 Aug 3, China asserted the
sole right to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous
lamas that form the backbone of the religion's clergy. All future
incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism must get
2007 Aug 3, China banned
Indonesian seafood after checks turned up dangerous contamination.
Indonesian authorities called the move an apparent reaction to an
Indonesian ban on some tainted Chinese products. The Chinese
administration said Indonesian products have been found to contain
mercury and cadmium, metals that can accumulate in water and soil
from burning garbage, mining or other industrial processes.
2007 Aug 3, Lenovo Group Ltd.
said it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast
but poor rural market and priced as low as $199.
2007 Aug 4, A Hong Kong
newspaper reported that China is cracking down on cable television
operators who offer unauthorized foreign satellite broadcasts, the
communist government's latest bid to maintain its monopoly on
2007 Aug 7, China Daily
reported that foreign exchange and public security authorities had
closed down the operations of an illegal bank based in Shenzhen,
across the border from Hong Kong. It did business in every province
of the country and in the year and half to May had done some $544
million in unspecified transactions.
2007 Aug 7, State media said
Chinese city traffic police have an average life expectancy of just
43 years because of the dire working conditions and pollution.
2007 Aug 8, Beijing began the
one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympics. Jacques Rogge, president of
the International Olympic Committee, acknowledged that Beijing's air
pollution could force the postponement of outdoor events during next
(AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007 Aug 8, An international
team of researchers said the long-threatened Yangtze River dolphin
in China is probably extinct. They also said this would mark the
first whale or dolphin to be wiped out due to human activity.
2007 Aug 8, Researchers from
Belgium and China said a simple blood test can detect early stage
liver cancer and more accurately diagnose the disease that is a
major killer in Asia and Africa.
2007 Aug 9, China banned
exports by two toy manufacturers whose products were subject to
major recalls in the United States.
2007 Aug 9, A government news
agency reported that 2 former bank employees were sentenced to death
for stealing $6.7 million from their branch's vault in northern
China. Most of the money was spent on lottery tickets.
2007 Aug 9, WuXi PharmaTech, a
Chinese pharmaceutical research firm, began trading on the NYSE at
$14 per share. By Sep 22 its shares had doubled in value.
(Econ, 9/22/07, p.79)
2007 Aug 11, Zhang Shuhong, who
co-owned Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., killed himself at a warehouse,
days after China announced it had temporarily banned exports by the
2007 Aug 12, A Hong Kong-based
human rights group said a chemical plant leaked arsenic into a river
in southern China that supplies water to at least 20,000 people.
High levels of arsenic and other chemicals already have killed at
least 10,000 fish in the Chongan, a 43-mile river in Guizhou
2007 Aug 13, According to new
data China's inflation rate accelerated to the highest monthly rate
in a decade, driven by a 15.4% surge in food prices over the
year-earlier period. Officials said China is still freeing people,
including children, forced to work as slaves in illegal brick
factories, two months after the scandal involving the brick yards
was exposed. A bridge under construction in the central Hunan city
of Fenghuang collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its
facade, killing 64 people.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/13/08)
2007 Aug 14, Toy-making giant
Mattel Inc. issued recalls for some 18 million Chinese-made toys
that contained magnets which children could swallow. Mattel also
recalled 436,000 toy cars daubed with lead-based paint.
(AP, 8/14/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.58)
2007 Aug 15, State radio
reported that Iran has detained two Chinese nationals on charges of
spying on its military and nuclear facilities.
2007 Aug 16, It was reported
that a highly infectious swine virus, blue pork disease, had spread
to 25 of China’s 33 provinces, prompting pork shortages and an 85%
increase in pork prices over the last year.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.A15)
2007 Aug 17, In eastern China a
dike on the Wen river in Shandong province broke, sending water
gushing into 2 mines run by the Huayuan Mining Co. in the city of
Xintai. 181 miners were killed. In 2008 two managers were sentenced
to 7 years in prison for their roles in the accident.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.58)(AP, 4/17/08)(AP, 8/17/08)
2007 Aug 17, The six members of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held their first joint
maneuvers on Russian land in a demonstration of their growing
military ties and a shared desire to counter US global clout. The
presidents of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan attended the unprecedented joint military exercises in
Chelyabinsk near the Kazakh border.
2007 Aug 18, It was reported
that China faced a major shortage of skilled talent including
doctors with only 4,000 general practitioners. Lawyers numbered
about 122,000. An average of 2,200 new pilots per year will be
needed to keep up with the growth in air travel. Accountants,
technicians and good managers were also reported to be in short
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.59)
2007 Aug 19, In China at least
36 people were killed as Typhoon Sepat hit the mainland after more
1.3 million people were evacuated as a precaution. In eastern China
At least 14 people died and 59 were injured when a container spilled
molten aluminum with a temperature of 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit at a
(AP, 8/19/07)(AP, 8/20/07)(AP, 8/22/07)
2007 Aug 20, In China Jia
Youling, chief veterinary officer, said that the Porcine
Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), aka as blue-ear pig
disease, head been brought under control. He said 257,000 pigs in 26
provinces had been infected. 68,000 had died from the disease and
175,000 were destroyed.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.41)
2007 Aug 20, In Okinawa, Japan,
passengers used emergency slides to evacuate a China Airlines Boeing
737-800 just minutes before the plane burst into a fireball on the
tarmac. All 165 people aboard escaped unhurt, including the pilot,
who jumped from the cockpit at the last second.
(AP, 8/20/07)(AP, 8/20/08)
2007 Aug 21, China’s government
announced that mainland citizens would be allowed to invest in Hong
Kong. State media reported that a test run of traffic controls to
clear Beijing's smoggy skies for next year's Olympic Games
successfully improved air quality. Media also reported that China
will execute people who sabotage the electricity supply, reversing
recent steps to rein in widespread use of the death penalty.
2007 Aug 22, A distributor said
Chinese-made blankets containing high levels of formaldehyde have
been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, amid rising global
concern over the safety of products from China.
2007 Aug 23, The Bank of China
revealed that it held a $9.6 billion exposure to securities backed
by American subprime mortgages.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.67)
2007 Aug 24, In China Meng
Xianchen and Meng Xianyou surfaced after more than 130 hours trapped
in an illegal mine in Beijing's Fangshan district.
2007 Aug 26, In Manila,
Philippines, economic ministers of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN)
and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety. The
move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from
2007 Aug 29, China began
selling $79 billion in bonds to finance a state agency that will
invest the country's foreign currency reserves.
2007 Aug 29, It was reported
that China’s Three Gorges Dam, completed last year, faced a number
of problems including landslides and pollution accumulation in the
reservoir. The dam has also caused a decrease of silt moving
downstream causing the Yangtze estuary, which includes Shanghai, to
(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 30, China’s government
said it has replaced five Cabinet ministers, including the finance
minister and the head of the secret police, just weeks ahead of a
major Communist Party meeting that will set the country's policies
for the next five years. The official Xinhua News Agency said China
removed four officials accused of corruption from its legislature.
State media said China's top legislature has adopted a measure
allowing the government to seize private homes on state-owned land,
as long as owners are compensated and properly resettled.
(AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007 Aug 30, The Rome-based
Hands Off Cain, an anti-death penalty group, reported that more
people were put to death in 2006, 5,628, than in either of the
previous two years. China alone accounting for 5,000 executions.
2007 Aug 31, China officially
put in place systems to recall unsafe food and toys, one of its
strongest steps yet to deal with recurring quality problems. At
least 12 miners were missing after an explosion in central China.
Authorities continued their efforts to reach 181 workers trapped in
flooded coal shafts for two weeks.
2007 Aug 31, The World Trade
Organization opened a formal investigation into allegations by the
US and Mexico that China is providing illegal subsidies for a range
2007 Aug, China’s President
visited Kazakhstan. Soon after it was announced that a new oil
pipeline would be built from Kazakhstan to China, and that a new gas
pipeline linking Turkmenistan with China would run through
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.54)
2007 Sep 2, In central Chinese
4 boats carrying the toxic chemical methanol caught fire in Wuhan,
causing one boat to sink and prompting fears of drinking water
2007 Sep 2, Temasek,
Singapore’s state-owned investment company, said it would take a
8.3% stake in China Eastern Airlines and Singapore Airlines
announced a 15.7% stake.
2007 Sep 3, In eastern China
about 2,000 ex-soldiers took part in riots that began and spread
over a 775-mile stretch in the cities of Baotou, Wuhan, and Baoji.
Demobilized soldiers are frequently rewarded for their service with
government jobs, and 6,000 of them were sent to 12 different railway
schools in July for two years of training. However, they were
angered by run-down dormitories, bad but expensive food and a lack
of study materials, At least 20 people were injured and five
arrested when riot police moved in to quell the disturbances.
2007 Sep 3, The Financial
Times, citing unnamed officials, reported that the People's
Liberation Army hacked into a computer system in the office of
Defense Secretary Robert Gates in June. China denied the
2007 Sep 4, An official said
China's environmental watchdog has closed down 400 factories since
it started a national campaign in July to tackle water pollution.
2007 Sep 5, Chinese authorities
said two late-night radio shows that discussed sex and drugs have
been banned for damaging young people and being "extremely
2007 Sep 6, In Australia
Pacific Rim nations agreed that climate change was of "vital
interest," but officials squabbled over whether their leaders should
include energy efficiency targets in a statement at their annual
summit. China’s President Hu Jintao, on the defensive over recalls
of tainted toothpaste, pet food and toys, told President Bush that
Beijing was stepping up product safety inspections.
2007 Sep 6, Media reports said
China has created its first agency to combat corruption, a rampant
problem that the country's communist leadership has said is a threat
to their rule. State media also reported that Chinese computer
hackers are infiltrating British government networks, giving them
access to secret information.
(AP, 9/7/07)(AFP, 9/6/07)
2007 Sep 6, The US and Chinese
presidents set aside their differences on Taiwan and put pressure on
the island to drop plans for a referendum on UN membership.
2007 Sep 7, China's securities
regulator said it has approved an application by China Construction
Bank, the nation's biggest mortgage lender, to issue shares in what
could be one of China's biggest initial public offerings. Chinese
stocks broke their winning streak, with the benchmark index falling
2.2 percent after the central bank raised the amount of reserves
banks are required to hold.
2007 Sep 9, Bishop Han
Dingxiang (71), who led an underground congregation of Roman
Catholics and was repeatedly detained in China for his loyalty to
the Vatican, died in police custody. He died while being treated in
a hospital for an unspecified illness.
2007 Sep 10, Blackstone Group
LP bought a 20% stake in a Chinese chemical company in its first
deal in the country since a Chinese government fund bought into the
US private equity firm.
2007 Sep 11, China signed an
agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the
2007 Sep 11, American, Russian
and Chinese nuclear experts began a rare visit to North Korea to
examine ways of disabling the country's main nuclear facilities so
they can no longer produce bombs.
2007 Sep 12, Beijing showed off
its new multibillion-dollar airport terminal, a mammoth structure of
glass and steel with a gracefully sloping roof that the owners said
is meant to impress visitors to China's capital for the 2008
2007 Sep 12, Li Changjiang, the
head of China's product safety agency, said the Chinese-made toys
children receive for Christmas this year will be safe, pledging that
problems over the use of dangerous lead paint will be resolved in
time for holiday exports.
2007 Sep 12, Akmal Shaikh (51),
a British citizen, was arrested in Urumqi, in China's western
Xinjiang region, with four kg (8.8 pounds) of heroin. He was later
convicted and sentenced to die on Dec 29, 2009. Supporters of Shaikh
said he was duped into carrying the drugs for a criminal gang. If
the death penalty is carried out, Shaikh would become the first
national from a European Union country to be executed in China in 50
2007 Sep 13, In central China a
man threw six children from a balcony of their school. A girl (9)
was killed and 2 others badly hurt.
(Econ, 9/22/07, p.58)
2007 Sep 14, China’s government
said it has ordered judges to use the death penalty more sparingly
by showing leniency for murderers who cooperate with authorities and
white collar criminals who help recoup their ill-gotten gains.
Beijing also said it will give urban Chinese who break the one-child
policy a black mark on their credit reports.
(AP, 9/14/07)(WSJ, 9/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 15, In China Zhao Yan
(45), a Chinese researcher for the NY Times, was released from
prison after serving three years of a fraud conviction that was
strongly criticized by the international community.
2007 Sep 16, State media
reported that Chinese authorities had ordered the recall of tainted
leukemia drugs blamed for leg pains and other problems, the latest
crisis to strike the country's embattled food and drug industries.
2007 Sep 18, Typhoon Wipha
targeted China's booming eastern province of Zhejiang and the
nation's financial capital, Shanghai, prompting evacuation of over
1.6 million people as ships were recalled to port.
2007 Sep 17, China and the
Democratic Republic of Congo signed a draft accord in which China
would lend $5 billion to modernize Congo’s decrepit infrastructure
and rich but deteriorated mining sector. Congo’s government later
announced that Chinese state-owned firms would build or refurbish
various railways, roads and mines at accost of $12 billion.
(Reuters, 9/18/07)(Econ, 3/15/08, SR p.3)
2007 Sep 19, Typhoon Wipha
flooded streets and destroyed hundreds of homes as it swept through
eastern China, but the storm eventually weakened and caused little
overall damage in the financial center of Shanghai. One man was
2007 Sep 19, China’s government
froze prices that it controls for the rest of the year, in the
latest sign of mounting concern over inflation, which reached 6.5%
in the year through August.
(WSJ, 9/20/07, p.A6)
2007 Sep 20, Typhoon Wipha
weakened as it slammed China with strong winds and torrential rains.
At least nine people were reported killed as the storm destroyed
thousands of homes and triggered landslides.
2007 Sep 21, Mattel Inc,
apologized for damaging China's reputation after recent massive
recalls of its Chinese-made toys, admitting it targeted some goods
that were actually up to scratch.
2007 Sep 24, Dell Inc.
announced a deal to launch a retail presence in China by selling
computers through the country's biggest chain of electronics stores
as it struggles to capture a bigger share of the booming market.
2007 Sep 27, China issued an
evenhanded plea for calm in Myanmar, calling on all sides to show
2007 Sep 30, It was reported
that China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras,
figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist
government's latest move to purge the nation's airwaves of what it
calls social pollution.
2007 Sep, In China the National
Grand Theater, also known as The Egg, opened opposite the Great Hall
of the People. The opera house, a pet project of former Premier
Jiang Zemin, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu at a cost
of $360 million.
(Econ, 10/13/07, p.43)
2007 Sep, The China Investment
Corp. (CIC) was launched, with $200 billion in registered capital
allocated from China's foreign exchange reserve, to mitigate the
risks in China's huge foreign exchange reserve.
2007 Oct 2, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao kicked off the 2007 Special Olympics in Shanghai as 7,500
athletes from over 165 countries entered the stadium before a crowd
(WSJ, 10/3/07, p.B3A)
2007 Oct 3, Li Heping, an
outspoken Chinese lawyer, said he was abducted and beaten for hours
on Sep 29, and accused of causing unrest by representing clients
with complaints of official corruption and police abuse. Li said he
wasn't sure if he would be able to continue working. He returned to
his office the day after the attack and found his lawyer's license
was missing. A portable hard drive and his computer memory had been
2007 Oct 4, President Jalal
Talabani said Iraq has ordered light military equipment from China
worth $100 million because the United States is unable to meet
Baghdad's requirements. Abbas Hassan Hamza, the mayor of the
religiously mixed town of Iskandariyah, was killed along with four
of his guards in a roadside bomb attack. Hamza belonged to Iraqi PM
Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party. In Baghdad, a car bomb exploded near
people on line at a gas station, killing four civilians and wounding
(Reuters, 10/4/07)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007 Oct 5, Chinese medical
officials agreed not to transplant organs from prisoners or others
in custody, except into members of their immediate families. The
agreement was reached at a meeting of the World Medical Association
2007 Oct 7, Tropical storm
Krosa drenched China's southeast coast after killing five people on
Taiwan and prompting the mainland to evacuate more than 1 million
2007 Oct 10, Some 30 Tibetan
exiles protesting Chinese religious policies stormed the Chinese
Embassy in New Delhi, with several breaching the front gate and
chaining themselves to the flag pole inside.
2007 Oct 12, State media said
Chinese authorities plan to move some 4 million more rural residents
from behind the Three Gorges Dam in recognition of environmental and
economic problems spawned by the giant project.
2007 Oct 13, State media said
China plans to carve a huge national park out of its vast northwest
Xinjiang region that would eclipse Yellowstone National Park in
2007 Oct 15,
In China 2,217 delegates listened as party leader Hu Jintao
pledged to make communist rule more inclusive and better spread the
fruits of China's economic boom. Hu said economic growth must remain
the party’s main task.
(AP, 10/15/07)(WSJ, 10/16/07, p.A1)(Econ,
2007 Oct 16,
President Bush and the Dalai Lama met with a ceremony planned
for tomorrow to award the spiritual leader the Congressional Gold
Medal. China warned that the events are bad for US-Chinese ties.
2007 Oct 17,
President Bush attended a ceremony in which the Dalai Lama was
awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian
honor. China lodged an official protest over the honoring of the
Dalai Lama in Washington, while bluntly rejecting US President
George W. Bush's advice on how to handle the Tibet issue.
(AFP, 10/16/07)(WSJ, 10/18/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 20, In China 13
foreign and domestic companies launched the Chinese Federation for
Corporate Social Responsibility in Shanghai.
(Econ, 1/19/08, SR
2007 Oct 21,
Chinese President Hu Jintao engineered the retirement of a
powerful Communist Party rival in a move that enhanced his political
standing yet may have opened up a divisive battle to succeed him. A
fire at a shoe factory in southeastern China killed 37 people and
injured at least 20. The factory in Fujian province was operating
without a license and the owners were arrested.
(AP, 10/21/07)(AP, 10/22/07)(AP, 10/25/07)
2007 Oct 21, A Hong Kong
newspaper reported that police in the capital of Tibet clashed for
four days with Buddhist monks trying to celebrate the awarding of a
congressional honor for the Dalai Lama.
2007 Oct 22,
President Hu Jintao emerged politically stronger after the
Communist Party handed him a second five-year term, allowing him a
freer hand to manage tensions over a rising wealth gap and boost
spending on long-neglected social services.
2007 Oct 22, Bear Stearns, one
of America’s top investment banks, announced a strategic alliance
with Citic Securities, China’s largest listed brokerage firm.
(Econ, 10/27/07, p.84)
2007 Oct 24, In Beijing Costa
Rican president Oscar Arias signed several accords with his Chinese
counterpart, months after the Central American nation established
diplomatic relations with the Asian giant.
2007 Oct 24, China launched its
first lunar probe, Chang’e 1, an initial step in an ambitious
10-year plan to send a rover to the moon and return it to Earth.
(AP, 10/24/07)(Econ, 10/27/07, p.52)
2007 Oct 25, The Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China announced that it was buying 20% of
Standard Bank in South Africa for $5.6 billion.
(Econ, 11/3/07, p.80)
2007 Oct 25,
The US government issued a flurry of product-safety recalls
affecting hundreds of thousands of Chinese-made children's toys and
jewelry amid fresh concerns about lead paint.
2007 Oct 26,
China announced a multibillion-dollar plan to clean up
severely polluted Lake Tai, where an algae bloom forced the
suspension of water supplies to millions of people this summer. The
$14.5 billion plan to clean up the lake, in a densely populated area
northwest of Shanghai, should take five years.
2007 Oct 29, China’s Xinhua
news agency said more than 6,000 people will be forced from their
homes on the southern island of Hainan to make way for the country's
newest space launch centre. China said that it had arrested 774
people in a crackdown on substandard goods, part of ongoing efforts
to calm international worries over the quality of the country's
products. State media said coal mining regions of northern China are
reporting soaring levels of defects in newborns, an apparent result
of heavy pollution.
(AP, 10/29/07)(AP, 10/29/07)
2007 Oct 29,
Canada’s PM Harper received Tibet's exiled spiritual leader in
his office in Parliament. He presented the 1989 Nobel laureate with
a maple-leaf scarf. The next day China condemned Harper for
"disgusting conduct" for playing host to the Dalai Lama.
2007 Oct 31, China's worst fuel
crisis in two years spread to the capital and other inland areas,
and one man was killed in a brawl at a petrol station queue, upping
pressure on the government to intervene.
2007 Nov 1, China’s government
for the first time in 17 months allowed an increase of about 10% in
the retail prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene. The government
also said more than 700 toy factories in southern China have been
banned from exporting what they produce as part of a crackdown on
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.46)(AP, 11/1/07)
2007 Nov 5, In China
construction began on what was expected to be the world's tallest
Ferris wheel. The $99 million Beijing Great Wheel will soar 680 feet
over Beijing when it is complete.
2007 Nov 5, Ao Man-long, a
former transportation and public works secretary, went on trial
charged with taking $100 million in kickbacks in Macao, the
freewheeling Chinese gambling resort that has attracted some of Las
Vegas' top casino operators.
2007 Nov 5, PetroChina made its
debut on the Shanghai stock exchange. It sold 2.2% of its share
capital to domestic investors in an IPO that rose from 16.90 yuan to
43.96 yuan ($5.90). For a short time it was the most valuable
company in the world, but by December share value had dropped by a
(WSJ, 11/6/07, p.C3)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.85)
2007 Nov 6, Chinese e-commerce
portal Alibaba.com soared in its debut on the Hong Kong stock
market. It opened at $3.86 and closed at $5.09.
(AP, 11/6/07)(SFC, 11/7/07, p.C1)
2007 Nov 7, A Chinese
government publication reported that industrial discharge and
household wastewater have polluted the northern Futuo River so badly
that the water is dark red in some sections and has caused chronic
illnesses among villagers.
2007 Nov 7, The US dollar fell
sharply after a Chinese parliamentarian called for his country to
diversify its reserves out of weak currencies.
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.93)
2007 Nov 8, In southwest China
a gas leak at the Qunli mine in Nayong county in Guizhou
province killed 35 coal miners.
(AP, 11/8/07)(AP, 11/11/07)
2007 Nov 9, China froze exports
of the "Aqua Dots" bead toy, following recalls of the potentially
toxic toy in the United States and Australia.
2007 Nov 9, China Merchant
Bank, the country’s 6th largest bank, became the 3rd Chinese bank to
win permission to open a branch in NYC.
(Econ, 11/17/07, p.90)
2007 Nov 12, China released
data that said its trade surplus had jumped to a new all-time
monthly high in October, despite government pledges to restrain
export growth and adding to pressure for action on trade barriers
2007 Nov 14, Guo Feixiong, a
Chinese dissident lawyer, was sentenced to five years in prison
after publishing a book about a political scandal and helping
villagers lead a campaign to unseat local officials accused of
corruption. Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong), convicted of
alleged illegal business activity, was also fined US$5,300 in a
district court in Guangzhou.
2007 Nov 14, China’s state
media said the amount of sewage dumped into the Yangtze River rose 3
percent last year to a record level. An early morning blaze at a
foot massage parlor killed at least 11 people in northern China.
2007 Nov 14, A US congressional
advisory panel said that Chinese espionage posed "the single
greatest risk" to US technology, and called for efforts to protect
industrial secrets and computer networks.
2007 Nov 17, State media
reported that China has called on Myanmar to speed up democratic
reforms, an unusual move for Beijing, which has traditionally
refrained from criticizing the military regime.
2007 Nov 19, It was reported
that Chinese regulators in recent weeks have ordered commercial
banks to freeze lending through the end of the year. PM Wen Jiabao
acknowledged that vast amounts of currency were flowing out of China
through illegal channels. This followed the recent arrest of To Ling
(43), a Hong Kong resident, whose black market foreign exchange
business handled transactions worth more than $1 million a day.
(WSJ, 11/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.78)
2007 Nov 20, A Chinese court
sentenced a Tibetan nomad to eight years in prison for seeking
Tibetan independence after he urged a crowd to proclaim loyalty to
the Dalai Lama.
2007 Nov 20, In China Huang
Qingnan (34), a workers’ rights advocate in Shenzhen, was severely
beaten and stabbed by thugs believed to have been hired by Chinese
companies opposed to labor activism.
(SFC, 1/7/08, p.A18)
2007 Nov 20, The Paris-based
World Association of Newspapers said imprisoned Chinese journalist
Li Changqing has been awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom, its annual
press freedom prize.
2007 Nov 20, A landslide in
central China buried a bus. Workers clearing rocks from the
landslide discovered the bus underneath rubble three days later and
recovered 29 bodies, that included 28 inside the bus. The landslide
raised concern that the massive reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam,
120 miles away, was wreaking ecological havoc in the region. The
death toll later increased to 34.
(AP, 11/23/07)(AP, 11/24/07)(AP, 12/3/07)
2007 Nov 21, Officials in the
US announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of
Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead.
2007 Nov 22, China’s state
media reported that five Hollywood studios have sued a Chinese
online service and internet cafe they accuse of offering pirated
downloads of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and other hit films.
2007 Nov 24, More than 100
Chinese engineers arrived in Sudan's war-torn Darfur as part of the
vanguard for a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission to be in
place next year. Rebels demanded Beijing pull its peacekeepers out
of Darfur, just hours after a unit of Chinese army engineers
(AFP, 11/24/07)(AP, 11/25/07)
2007 Nov 25, In China 6 people
were confirmed dead and 7 others were reported missing after an iron
tailing dam collapsed early this morning in northeast Liaoning
2007 Nov 26, France netted
deals in China for nuclear reactors and passenger jets worth a
combined $29.62 billion on the second day of a state visit by
President Nicolas Sarkozy.
2007 Nov 27, In central China
an explosion ripped through a house where villagers in Hunan
province were illegally making fireworks, killing 13 people.
2007 Nov 27, Cessna said it
will turn over complete production of its new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher
to a Chinese partner. The base price of the plane will be $109,500.
(WSJ, 11/28/07, p.A14)
2007 Nov 28, A Chinese warship
dropped anchor off Tokyo in the communist nation's first military
visit to Japan since World War II, symbolizing improving ties.
2007 Nov 28, In central China
an explosion in a fireworks factory killed 11 people and injured
eight on the rural outskirts of Yangquan city.
2007 Nov 28, Brazil and China
said they will give Africa free satellite imaging of its landmass to
help the continent respond to threats like deforestation,
desertification and drought.
2007 Nov 29, According to a new
report released by the UN and the Chinese government the number of
people estimated to be living with HIV in China has risen to
700,000, with increases among intravenous drug users and sex
2007 Nov 29, The Bush
administration announced that China has agreed to eliminate improper
trade subsidies it was using to the detriment of US and other
2007 Nov 30, The $1.2 million
film “Lost in Beijing" directed by Li Yu was released in China and
made over $1.8 million before it was censored for sexually explicit
scenes in uncut, pirated copies. Li Yu was banned from producing
films for 2 years.
(SFC, 1/5/08, p.E4)
2007 Nov, Xue Feng, a
Chinese-born American geologist, was detained in China on charges of
procuring state secrets. Xue was sentenced in 2010 on charges of
illegally gathering information on China's oil industry. He was
released in 2015.
2007 Dec 1, Zhang Zilin (23),
Miss China, won the Miss World 2007 title in her own country in
front of an estimated two billion viewers around the globe.
2007 Dec 1, China and Japan
began talks on trade and economic issues that are intended to
bolster the recent warming of their long-uneasy relations.
2007 Dec 1, The Times reported
that Jonathan Evans, the head of Britain's domestic security
service, has warned business leaders that China has been carrying
out state-sponsored espionage against vital parts of the economy.
2007 Dec 2, China and Japan
amicably wrapped up their first high-level trade and economic talks
on Sunday by pledging greater overall cooperation, but left the
touchy issue of gas exploration in the East China Sea unresolved.
2007 Dec 5, A Tibetan woman
said that she pulled out of a beauty pageant in Malaysia after
organizers, reacting to pressure from Beijing, told her halfway
through the event that she could only participate if she added
"China" to her "Miss Tibet" title.
2007 Dec 6, A gas blast at mine
in northern China killed at least 105 people.
2007 Dec 6, A New Zealand judge
sentenced two Chinese students to 18 1/2 years in prison for the
ransom kidnapping and slaying of a fellow student, saying the two
fell into "cyber sloth" and greed during their studies abroad.
2007 Dec 7, China said it will
not consider mandatory cuts on greenhouse gases, saying the United
States and other industrialized countries should take the lead in
fighting climate change by embracing a less-extravagant lifestyle.
2007 Dec 7, The World Health
Organization confirmed that the father of a Chinese man who died of
bird flu has been infected with the virus that causes the disease,
saying it could not rule out the possibility of human-to-human
2007 Dec 9, Beijing's foreign
exchange regulator said the ceiling on foreign investment in Chinese
securities will be raised to $30 billion from $10 billion.
2007 Dec 9, Iran signed a
contract with China's Sinopec for the development of Iran's huge
Yadavaran oil field, the kind of energy deal the United States has
been trying to prevent. Hundreds of Iranian students angry over a
crackdown on activists protested at Tehran University, the second
such demonstration in less than a week.
(Reuters, 12/9/07)(AP, 12/9/07)
2007 Dec 11, The United States
and China signed two deals to safeguard the quality of food and
drugs ranging from pet food to certain types of antibiotics imported
into the US from China.
2007 Dec 11, Darfur rebel group
the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said it had attacked and
taken over a Chinese-run oilfield in central Sudan.
2007 Dec 12, China launched a
nationwide recall system that shifts responsibility to companies to
recall harmful drugs. In eastern China a fire tore through an
apartment building, killing at least 21 people and injuring two
2007 Dec 14, Indonesia, the
nation hardest hit by bird flu, announced its 93rd death due to the
H5N1 virus. In China, the military in eastern Nanjing banned the
sale of poultry this week after a father and son came down with the
disease earlier this month. Health officials confirmed the
24-year-old man died from the virus a day before his father, 52,
became sick. It was the country's 17th bird flu death. The WHO
confirmed Myanmar's first human case of bird flu and praised the
secretive country for its quick and open handling of the infection.
State media reported a girl (7) was hospitalized on Nov. 27 and
released on Dec. 12 in good condition after being treated with the
antiviral drug Tamiflu.
2007 Dec 16, China announced
holiday changes to ease overcrowding on trains, flights and other
transport systems. The changes will bring back three traditional
one-day holidays and let workers take paid vacations at times other
than officially-set breaks.
2007 Dec 19, In Tianjin, China,
Li Baojin was convicted of taking bribes worth $760,000 from 7
businesses between 1996 and 2006. Li was also convicted of
misappropriating $1.9 million from the Tianjin prosecutor's office.
Li's sentence was suspended for two years. That means his death
sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment if he shows good
behavior for the next two years.
2007 Dec 20, In China a female
tiger was found with its head, legs and skin missing at the Three
Gorges Forest Wild Animal World in Yichang city in Hubei province.
The WWF conservation group lists the Siberian tiger as "critically
endangered" and says there are only about 530 of the animals alive
in the wild.
2007 Dec 21, A Chinese radio
station reported that about 1,000 riot police fired tear gas at
protesters in southern China who were blocking an electricity pylon
near a power station in Dongzhou village they felt was built on
unfairly seized land.
2007 Dec 21, China's first
fully homegrown commercial aircraft, the 70-seat ARJ21, rolled off
the production line, marking a potential milestone for the country's
aviation program. Its first test flight was set for 2008.
2007 Dec 21, Chinese
archeologists raised a merchant ship loaded with porcelain and other
rare antiques to the surface in a specially built basket. The
100-foot Nanhai No. 1, discovered in 1987, sank off the south China
coast some 800 years ago during the Southern Song Dynasty
2007 Dec 27, Shawn Wang, the
chief financial officer of leading Chinese search engine Baidu.com,
died in an accident while on holiday.
2007 Dec 28, China and Japan
made no major breakthroughs in resolving a row over natural
resources in the East China Sea, but a visit by Japanese PM Yasuo
Fukuda signaled a new warmth in bilateral relations.
2007 Dec 28, Sun Daolin
(b.1921), Chinese actor and director, died in Shanghai. He appeared
in over 100 movies and plays during a career that was interrupted by
the Cultural Revolution, when he was sent to work in the countryside
for 6 years.
(SFC, 1/5/08, p.B3)
2007 Dec 29, China said Hong
Kong will be allowed to directly elect its leader in 2017 and all of
its lawmakers by 2020 at the earliest, an announcement that sparked
protests by pro-democracy activists who sought an earlier date.
2007 Dec 29, In northeast China
19 miners died in a coal mine blast at the Shunfa Coal Mine in
Heilongjiang province, the latest casualties in the world's most
2007 Chris Alden authored
“China in Africa: Partner, Competitor of Hegemon."
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.89)
2007 Bob Gifford authored
“China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power."
(Econ, 7/7/07, p.80)
2007 Rebiya Kadeer, prominent
Uighur exile, authored her memoir “Dragon Fighter: One Woman’s Epic
Struggle for Peace with China." The original German publication was
made available in English in 2009.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.77)
2007 Joshua Kurlantzick
authored “Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming
(WSJ, 6/28/07, p.D7)
2007 James Mann, American
journalist, authored “The China Fantasy: Why Capitalism Will Not
Bring Democracy to China."
(Econ, 6/25/11, SR p.5)
2007 Robyn Meredith authored
“The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What
It Means for All of Us."
(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.M1)
2007 Susan L. Shirk authored
“China: Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal Politics Could
Derail Its Peaceful Rise."
(WSJ, 5/17/07, p.D7)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.80)
2007 Colin Thubron, travel
writer, authored “Shadow of the Silk Road," the story of his 8-month
trip in 2003 along the silk route from China to Central Asia.
(WSJ, 8/18/07, p.P9)
2007 China established a
sovereign wealth fund backed by around $1.2 trillion in foreign
currency reserves. China moved rapidly ahead with plans to create a
State Investment Corporation (SIC) that would more aggressively
invest approximately USD 200bn of the country’s USD 1.3tr of
existing foreign exchange reserves to boost long term returns.
(Econ, 7/28/07, p.75)(http://tinyurl.com/3c6lo4)
2007 In China Zhang Hai, former
president and chief executive of the sports drink maker Jianlibao
Group, was found guilty of misappropriating 206 million yuan ($33.82
million). He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzling
millions of dollars in public funds. Through bribery and the
fabrication of documents to prove his good behavior, Zhang was
released in 2011 and promptly went overseas with his girlfriend,
Huang Lu. In 2014 24 others were being or have been investigated in
connection with Zhang's release, including 11 in the judiciary and
prison service, a court official and two lawyers. Authorities sought
2007 China said it would offer
African countries $20 billion in new financing. No terms or time
period were announced.
(Econ, 6/6/09, p.59)
2007 China surpassed the US
this year for the first time in its contribution to global GDP
(Econ, 10/20/07, SR p.34)
2007 China Minsheng Bank bought
a 10% stake in UCBH Holdings, a San Francisco based bank that served
Chinese Americans. UCBH failed in 2009 and Minsheng wrote off its
(Econ, 5/15/10, SR p.18)
2007 Industrial and Commercial
Bank of China (ICBC) spent $5.5 billion to acquire a 20% stake in
South Africa-based Standard Bank. This was China’s largest corporate
foreign investment to date.
(Econ, 5/15/10, SR p.18)
2007 A rail line from China’s
Qinghai province to Lhasa, Tibet, was expected to be completed. The
world’s highest railroad required pressurized rail cars.
(SFC, 2/24/05, p.A1)
2007 In China the Great Wall
Motor company in Hebei province produced 108,000 vehicles this year.
The company had ambitious plans for growth. It already built cars
with a licensee in Iran and in 2006 had opened a factory in the
(Econ, 5/10/08, p.74)
2007 Chinese made cars were
expected to hit the US auto market.
(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.A2)
2007 China signed a deal to
invest some $3.5 billion in the Aynak copper mine in Logar province,
Afghanistan. It was said to be the 2nd largest source of untapped
copper in the world.
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.44)
2007 Singapore proposed a
co-operative green-city venture with China. The Sino-Singapore
Tianjin Eco-City opened in 2011.
(Econ, 4/19/14, SR p.12)
2007 Accidents in China's coal
mines killed 3,786 people this year.
2007 The US with a population
of 301,139,947 counted 1,498,157 soldiers on active duty (~4.9%);
China with a population of 1,321,851,888 counted 2,105,000 soldiers
on active duty (~.159%). Russia with a population of 141,377,752
counted 1,027,000 soldiers on active duty (~7.2%); These numbers
excluded paramilitary troops in China and Russia.
(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.W5)
2007 Four Russian defense
officials were sentenced this year to up to 11 years in jail for
selling missile delivery technologies to Beijing for $2 million.
2007 Pope Benedict XVI wrote an
open letter to Chinese Catholics emphasizing that the church had no
(Econ, 8/23/14, p.36)
2008 Jan 1, China’s new Labor
Contract Law (LCL) went into effect. The legislation aimed at
strengthening the contractual rights of workers.
2008 Jan 3, China issued rules
restricting the broadcast of Internet videos to sites run by the
(WSJ, 1/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 7, China’s state media
said authorities in central China have expelled 500 people from the
Communist Party for defying the country's one-child policy. Wei
Wenhua (41), a passer-by who filmed a streetside fracas between
villagers and authorities, was beaten and killed in Hubei province.
His death touched off protests in central China, in the latest
incident to underscore public anger over abusive treatment by
(AP, 1/7/08)(AP, 1/9/08)
2008 Jan 8, China posted a
regulation dating from Dec 31 declaring war on the "white pollution"
choking its cities, farms and waterways. China said it is banning
free plastic shopping bags and called for a return to the cloth bags
of old, steps largely welcomed by merchants and shoppers. The ban
takes effect June 1.
2008 Jan 12, China’s state
media reported that accidents in China's coal mines killed 3,786
people In 2007, a toll that is a marked improvement from previous
years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.
2008 Jan 13, China took aim at
price manipulators and hoarders of goods, as Beijing ramped up its
campaign to rein in inflation which is running at its highest level
in more than a decade. The government said it has closed more than
11,000 small coal mines as part of a two-year-old safety crackdown
aimed at stemming the industry's high death toll.
(Reuters, 1/13/08)(AP, 1/13/08)
2008 Jan 13, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh arrived in Beijing for a three-day visit aimed at boosting
sometimes strained relations between the two Asian giants.
2008 Jan 14, A Chinese cargo
ship sank in high waves off western Taiwan, leaving 12 seamen
2008 Jan 14, Taiwan reported
that Malawi has cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of
relations with China, which has been using its rising political and
economic clout to reduce the number of countries who recognize the
island. Chinese state media said Beijing and Malawi had established
diplomatic relations late last month.
2008 Jan 18, British PM Gordon
Brown brought a high-profile delegation of business leaders to China
for a visit focused on expanding economic ties between the
countries. Brown began a major effort to position Britain as China's
premier international business partner, offering London as a base
for distribution of the Asian nation's state fund for private
2008 Jan 21, Shares in China's
banks fell sharply after news reports said its No. 2 lender, Bank of
China, might write down holdings of US mortgage securities and two
others increased reserves for possible losses. State media said a
gas explosion in an illegal mine in northern China has killed at
least 20 people.
2008 Jan 22, The foreign
ministers of China and Germany said that ties between their
countries had normalized after months of stony silence over Berlin
receiving the Dalai Lama.
2008 Jan 23, In China a train
ran into group of railway workers in eastern Shandong province,
killing 18 and injuring nine others.
2008 Jan 24, In China
protesters staged a rare public demonstration in Beijing over what
they said were illegal property seizures and compensation packages
that fell far short of that needed to buy new homes. Authorities
said sulfuric acid had leaked into the water supply from a chemical
factory in central China, poisoning at least 26 villagers.
2008 Jan 27, Chinese police
shot and killed two members of a "terrorist gang" and rounded up 15
others during a raid in the restive northwestern Muslim region of
Xinjiang. Police found guns, homemade bombs, training materials and
"extremist religious ideological materials" during a raid in Urumqi.
(Reuters, 2/18/08)(AP, 3/9/08)
2008 Jan 29, In China deadly
winter storms, the worst in five decades, showed no signs of letting
up, where cities were blacked out, transport systems were paralyzed
and a bus crash on an icy road killed at least 25 people during the
nation's busiest travel season.
2008 Jan 30, China’s government
deploy nearly 500,000 army troops to assist areas troubled by winter
storms. 15 sailors drowned and another was missing after two ships
collided on China's Yangtze river.
2008 Jan 31, In China a top
agriculture official warned that snow battering central China has
dealt an "extremely serious" blow to winter crops, raising the
likelihood that future shortages would exaggerate already surging
food prices. China said it had stopped production and exports from a
company whose insecticide-tainted frozen dumplings sickened 10
people in Japan. Tens of thousands of Chinese massed impatiently
near a railway station in Guangzhou, desperate to get on trains home
for a major holiday after days of delay caused by snow.
(AP, 1/31/08)(Reuters, 1/31/08)
2008 Feb 1, China’s government
said 3 weeks of crippling snow storms have inflicted $7.5 billion in
damages and announced a $700 million relief fund for farmers.
2008 Feb 1, Chinese aluminium
giant Chinalco said it and US peer Alcoa have bought a 12-percent
stake in Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto, setting up a possible
takeover tussle with rival BHP Billiton.
2008 Feb 3, In southern China
railway service inched back to normal, a day after one person died
in a stampede by frustrated train passengers who were stranded for
days because of snow ahead of an important holiday.
2008 Feb 3, Police said
Japanese investigators found insecticide on the outside of six bags
of Chinese-made dumplings in Japan after separate dumplings made by
the same company sickened 10 people there.
2008 Feb 5, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao said "final victory" was in sight with transportation
returning to normal after the worst winter in decades, but power
outages remained a problem for millions. the former communist party
boss of Olympic host city Qingdao was sentenced to life in prison
for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Du
Shicheng was found guilty of taking $870,000 worth of bribes from
2000 to January 2006 while serving as the port city's most powerful
(AP, 2/5/08)(AP, 2/6/08)
2008 Feb 5, Ching Cheong (58),
a Hong Kong journalist charged with spying for Taiwan, was released
from prison in mainland China after being detained for nearly three
2008 Feb 6, In China the Year
of the Pig ended at midnight making way for Year of the Rat.
2008 Feb 10, State media
reported that China has lost about one tenth of its forest resources
to recent snow storms regarded as the most severe in half a century.
2008 Feb 11, A US defense
official, an ex-Boeing engineer and two others were charged in 2
separate spy cases with spying for China involving sensitive
military and aerospace secrets, including on the space shuttle.
Dongfan Chung, a longtime aerospace worker in Southern California,
was indicted for allegedly passing classified documents to China in
an elaborate espionage endeavor that spanned two decades and exposed
trade secrets from the space shuttle, the Delta IV rocket and the
C-17 military transport aircraft. In 2010 Chung was sentenced to
over 15 years in prison.
2/12/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/9/10, p.A4)
2008 Feb 12, China and Russia
challenged the United States at a disarmament debate by formally
presenting a plan to ban weapons in space, a proposal that
Washington has called a diplomatic ploy by the two nations to gain a
2008 Feb 12, US filmmaker
Steven Spielberg abandoned his role in the Beijing Olympics and a
host of prominent figures accused China of not doing enough to press
its ally Sudan to end devastating violence in Darfur.
2008 Feb 12, In southwestern
China a bus veered off a highway and plunged down a 160-foot cliff
into a river, killing at least 21 people.
2008 Feb 13, The WTO condemned
China for the first time for taxing imports of auto parts at the
same rate as foreign-made finished cars.
(SFC, 2/14/08, p.C3)
2008 Feb 15, A restaurant fire
in eastern China killed 11 people and injured at least 4 others.
2008 Feb 17, In China an
explosion at an illegal mine disguised as a wild boar farm killed 26
people in northern Hebei province. On Dec 31, 2009, Gao Huailiang
was sentenced to death in Hebei province, for making, selling and
transporting illegal explosives. 20 others were sentenced to prison
time for running the mine.
(AP, 2/18/08)(AP, 12/31/09)
2008 Feb 20, The US FDA
inspected a heparin production facility in China. 19 deaths and some
350 allergic reactions had taken place among patients who received
heparin sold in the US by Baxter Int’l. In March officials
identified oversulfated condroitin sulfate, a chemical that does not
occur naturally, as a contaminant in the drug. In April the death
toll linked to contaminated heparin was raised to 62.
(WS, 2/21/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/08, p.C3)(SFC,
2008 Feb 21, Chinese state
media said authorities are using algae-munching fish to clean up one
of the country's most polluted lakes, and after their diet of toxins
they will be sold on to consumers.
2008 Feb 22, In China 4 men
pleaded guilty in a Yunnan court to producing bogus receipts valued
at $147 billion. The scam operated in 9 provinces. In 2007 almost
3,000 cases of printing fake receipts were uncovered.
(Econ, 3/1/08, p.70)
2008 Feb 23, A senior Chinese
official said the freakish winter storms that coated much of central
and southern China in snow and ice have left 129 people dead so far
2008 Feb 24, In China’s Hubei
province water plant workers from Jianli County found that the
Dongjing River, a tributary of the Han, had turned red and foamy.
The pollution forced authorities to cut water supplies to as many as
2008 Feb 27, In China an early
morning factory fire left 15 people dead and three others severely
wounded in Shenzhen.
2008 Feb 28, The presidents of
resource-hungry China and oil-rich Nigeria met ahead of the planned
signing of energy deals in Beijing's latest overture to an African
2008 Feb 28, In China at least
14 miners were missing after a cave-in at the Jianbao Coal Minein
Jixi city. The mine owners in northeastern Heilongjiang province
initially concealed the number of missing workers.
2008 Feb 29, China agreed to
release sensitive records about missing US soldiers and establish a
hot line to the Pentagon.
2008 Feb 29, US Defense
Department officials announced that they had formally agreed to
implement the long-discussed Defense Telephone Link (DTL) with
China. The US and China established a hotline between their defense
10/24/09, SR p.9)
2008 Feb, In China poisoned
food at a snack bar in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, killed two
diners and sickened 61 others. In 2009 two migrant workers were
sentenced to death for the poisoning. Ke Bizhi was sentenced to
death, while Wang Yingde was also given death but with the
possibility of it being commuted to a life sentence if he shows good
behavior over the next two years. Zhu Yuanlin, the businessman who
masterminded the plot, was sentenced to life in prison. Another man
was given 15 years for his role in the scheme.
2008 Mar 3, The US and EU filed
a WTO case against China demanding that it loosen restraints on
foreign companies vying for a greater slice of the country's
lucrative market for financial information.
2008 Mar 4, China said its
defense spending would jump 17.6 percent this year but insisted the
rise was moderate, amid a flare-up in tensions with the United
States over Beijing's growing military muscle.
2008 Mar 4, China and Russia
scuttled a Western attempt to introduce a resolution on Iran's
nuclear defiance at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy
2008 Mar 5, In northwest China
a hijacker in Xi’an armed with explosives took a group of Australian
tourists and a translator hostage before police shot and killed him.
A fire at a coal mine in northeastern China killed 17 people.
(AP, 3/5/08)(AFP, 3/5/08)
2008 Mar 5, In China at least
13 miners were missing at the Taiyuan Coal Mine in Hegang city. 43
men were trapped when the mine caught fire, but 30 were rescued. The
mine owners in northeastern Heilongjiang province initially
concealed the number of missing workers.
2008 Mar 7, A flight crew
prevented an apparent attempt to crash a China Southern flight from
Urumqi. Officials later said a Uighur woman attempted to start a
fire on board the flight to Beijing. No passengers were injured. In
northern Hebei province 10 people were killed in a collision between
a bus and a truck loaded with coal.
(AP, 3/9/08)(AP, 3/7/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.29)
2008 Mar 10, China said it will
keep family-planning limits to one child per couple for at least
(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 10, Hundreds of
Tibetan exiles began a six-month march from India to Tibet to
protest Beijing's hold on the Himalayan region and China's hosting
of the Olympic Games. Indian police barred the Tibetan exiles from
(AP, 3/10/08)(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 11, China unveiled
plans to revamp bureaucratic government ministries and create new
agencies to help it tackle pressing issues such as nuclear energy,
food and drug safety, environmental protection and the Internet.
2008 Mar 11, Thousands of
Chinese security personnel fired tear gas to try to disperse more
than 600 monks taking part in a second day of rare street protests
2008 Mar 12, Human Rights Watch
said in a report that the armies of migrant workers building
Beijing's skyscrapers and Olympic venues are being bilked of wages
and placed in dangerous conditions. China's foreign minister said
Human rights groups that cite the Beijing Games in their criticisms
of the Chinese government are violating the Olympic charter.
2008 Mar 13, In China an
avalanche buried 12 workers at a mountainous construction site for a
pipeline in the far northwest.
2008 Mar 13, A human rights
group said Chinese sales of assault rifles and other small arms to
its ally Sudan have grown rapidly during the Darfur conflict despite
a UN arms embargo.
2008 Mar 14, It was reported
that China had likely surpassed the US last month in its number of
(WSJ, 3/14/08, p.B3)
2008 Mar 14, In China a gas
explosion at a southwestern Yunnan coal mine killed 14 miners and
2008 Mar 14, In Tibet angry
protesters set shops ablaze and gunfire in Lhasa as the largest
demonstrations in two decades against Chinese rule turned violent
months ahead of the Beijing Olympics. 18 people died in the
conflagration or from physical assaults. The government later said
losses amounted to 280 million yuan ($41 million).
(AP, 3/14/08)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.43)
2008 Mar 15, China's
legislature re-elected Hu Jintao as president, giving him a second
five-year term as leader of the world's most populous country. It
also returned Hu as head of the Central Military Commission, the
body overseeing the armed forces.
2008 Mar 15, China kept
government workers confined to their offices and ordered tourists
out of Tibet's capital while lines of soldiers sealed off streets
where riots had erupted. A Tibetan exile group said at least 30
people were killed in protests a day earlier. Tibet's
government-in-exile demanded the UN intervene to end what it called
"urgent human rights violations" by China in the region following
2008 Mar 16, Premier Wen Jiabao
was appointed to a second five-year term as China's top economic
official, leading efforts to cool soaring inflation and showcase the
country to the world at the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Mar 16, The Dalai Lama
called for an international investigation into China's crackdown
against protesters in Tibet, which he said is facing a "cultural
genocide" and where his exiled government said 80 people were killed
in the violence. Internet users in China were blocked from seeing
YouTube.com after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared
on the popular US video Web site.
2008 Mar 17, China denounced
attacks on its embassies by pro-Tibetan activists hours before a
deadline for rioters in Lhasa to turn themselves in and said it
would do all in its power to protect its territorial integrity.
2008 Mar 18, Protesters in
Australia burned Chinese flags, demanding freedom for Tibet,
following similar demonstrations in Europe and the US against
Beijing's crackdown on anti-government riots in the Himalayan
2008 Mar 18, In India the Dalai
Lama vowed he would resign as leader of Tibet's exiles if violence
back home worsened, just hours before his aides said 19 people were
killed in new demonstrations.
2008 Mar 19, China called the
Dalai Lama a "wolf in monk's robes" and said it was locked in a
"life-and-death battle" with his supporters after protests marking
the biggest challenge to Chinese rule in Tibet in almost two
decades. Lhasa prosecutors announced the arrest of 24 suspects on
charges of endangering state security.
(AP, 3/19/08)(WSJ, 3/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 20, China sent
additional troops into restive areas and made more arrests in the
Tibetan capital Lhasa in an effort to suppress anti-government
protests even as the Dalai Lama offered face-to-face negotiations
with Chinese leaders. Tibet authorities said they had arrested
dozens of people involved in a wave of anti-Chinese violence. China
forced the last remaining foreign journalists out of Tibet, and
stepped up restrictions on Internet and radio reports from people
within the country.
(AP, 3/20/08)(Reuters, 3/20/08)(AP, 3/21/08)
2008 Mar 21, A regulator said
China will shut down or punish dozens of video-sharing Web sites for
carrying content deemed pornographic, violent or a threat to
national security under rules that tighten Internet controls.
China’s government stepped up its manhunt for protesters in last
week's riots in the capital of Tibet, as thousands of troops
converged on foot, trucks and helicopters to Tibetan areas of
2008 Mar 22, China said 19
people died in riots in the Tibetan capital last week and official
media warned against the unrest spreading to the northwest region of
Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims bridle under Chinese control. Exiled
Tibetans claim as many as 100 have died in the protests which
spilled over this week into neighboring ethnic-Tibetan areas.
2008 Mar 23, China attacked
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her recent meeting with the Dalai
Lama, accusing her and other "human rights police" of double
standards and ignoring the truth about the unrest in Tibet. Han
residents said some 500 Uighurs protested in Khotan in the
northwestern Xinjiang region. A bombing targeted a government
building in the town of Gyanbe. Chinese authorities later arrested 9
monks for the bombing.
(AP, 3/23/08)(SFC, 4/3/08, p.A8)(AFP, 4/13/08)
2008 Mar 24, In Greece 3 men
from a free-press group ran onto the field of the stadium in Ancient
Olympia during a flame-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics,
evading massive security aimed at preventing such disruptions in the
wake of China's crackdown in Tibet.
2008 Mar 24, An exiled Tibetan
leader said 2 weeks of protests against China's rule of Tibet have
left about 130 people dead.
2008 Mar 25, In Nepal police
armed with bamboo sticks stopped a protest by Tibetan refugees and
monks in front of the Chinese Embassy and arrested about 100
2008 Mar 26, China announced
the surrender of hundreds of people over anti-government riots among
Tibetans and allowed the first group of foreign journalists to visit
the regional capital since the violence.
2008 Mar 26, In China 24 people
were killed when fireworks that had been trucked to the Gobi Desert
to be destroyed exploded as they were being dumped into a ditch.
2008 Mar 27, A group of monks
shouting there was no religious freedom disrupted a carefully
orchestrated visit for foreign reporters to Tibet's capital, an
embarrassment for China as it tried to show Lhasa was calm following
deadly anti-government riots.
2008 Mar 28, China allowed the
first foreign diplomats to visit Tibet following deadly riots, as
Germany joined some other European nations in announcing its leader
would skip the Olympics opening. Police closed off Lhasa's Muslim
quarter, two weeks after Tibetan rioters burned down the city's
mosque during the largest anti-Chinese protests in nearly two
2008 Mar 29, In Kathmandu,
Nepal, around 80 Tibetan protesters shouting "stop the killing in
Tibet" were hauled away in police vehicles and detained after
demonstrating outside the Chinese embassy.
2008 Mar 31, Chinese President
Hu Jintao presided over the re-lighting of the Olympic torch in
Beijing, signaling the start of an around-the-world torch relay that
already has become a magnet for protesters.
2008 Mar 31, Chinese
authorities arrested suspects in four arson and murder cases
stemming from anti-government riots that engulfed the Tibetan
capital in mid-March.
2008 Apr 2, Diplomats said that
China has given the UN nuclear watchdog intelligence linked to
Tehran's alleged attempts to make nuclear arms.
2008 Apr 3, Hu Jia, a Buddhist
Chinese dissident outspoken on Tibet and other sensitive topics, was
jailed for three-and-a-half years, a conviction likely to become a
focus of rights campaigns ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
(Reuters, 4/3/08)(WSJ, 4/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 3, In Tibet Wang
Xiangming, the deputy Communist Party secretary of Lhasa, said 800
had been arrested in local violence, while another 280 had
surrendered to take advantage of a police offer of leniency. New
violence broke out in a volatile Tibetan region of western China,
leaving eight people dead. Chinese police opened fire during a
"riot" in a Tibetan populated area of southwest China.
(AP, 4/3/08)(AP, 4/4/08)(AFP, 4/4/08)
2008 Apr 3, A group of about
200 Uighur Muslims demonstrated against China before the Olympic
torch ceremony near Istanbul's Blue Mosque, one of Turkey's most
famous tourist destinations.
2008 Apr 6, Thousands of
anti-China protesters draped in Tibetan flags disrupted the Olympic
torch relay through London, billed as a journey of harmony and
2008 Apr 7, China’s official
Xinhua News Agency said Zhang Rongkun, a Shanghai tycoon, has been
sentenced to 19 years in prison in a pension funds scandal that
toppled the city's communist party chief.
2008 Apr 7, China and New
Zealand signed a free-trade agreement effective October 1.
2008 Apr 7, A Chinese fishing
boat capsized after colliding with a South Korean cargo ship off
South Korea's southernmost island, leaving six Chinese sailors
2008 Apr 7, Security officials
extinguished the Olympic torch three times as protests against
China's human rights record turned a relay through Paris into a
chaotic series of stops and starts. France's former sports minister,
Jean-Francois Lamour, said that though the torch had been put out,
the Olympic flame itself still burned in the lantern where it is
kept overnight and on airplane flights.
2008 Apr 8, China denounced
protesters who upstaged Olympic Games torch relays in London and
Paris and asked the United States to ensure the next leg in San
Francisco avoids similar mayhem. Olympic chiefs raised the prospect
for the first time of abandoning the international legs of the
Beijing Games torch relay, amid a wave of protests targeting the
2008 Apr 8, The riot-damaged
market in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa opened its doors amid plans
to allow foreign tourists to enter the restive region by the end of
2008 Apr 8, Intel executives
said their venture capital arm has completed its first round of
investment in China and plans to invest an additional $500 million
during the next several years.
(WSJ, 4/9/08, p.B4)
2008 Apr 9, State media said
China will ban smoking on school campuses as part of an effort to
cut down on tobacco use before the Olympics.
2008 Apr 10, In China a police
spokesman said authorities have detained 45 East Turkestan
"terrorist" suspects (Uighurs), and foiled plots to carry out
suicide bomb attacks and kidnap athletes to disrupt the Beijing
2008 Apr 10, Australia’s PM
Kevin Rudd met China's premier for talks expected to touch on what
Rudd has called significant human rights problems in Tibet. Rudd
said Chinese paramilitary police will not be allowed to run
alongside the Olympic torch in Australia, after their heavy-handed
tactics drew criticism in earlier legs of the relay.
2008 Apr 11, An indignant China
said the US "seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people" when
Congress passed a resolution calling on Beijing to stop cracking
down on Tibetan dissent and talk to the Dalai Lama.
2008 Apr 11, Chen Liangyu, the
former Communist Party chief of China's financial capital, was
sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a massive corruption
scandal involving the city's pension fund and state-owned companies.
2008 Apr 11, Runners surrounded
by rows of security carried the Olympic flame past thousands of
jubilant Argentines in the most trouble-free torch relay in nearly a
2008 Apr 11, G7 finance
officials endorsed a plan to prevent financial crises and reiterated
its demand that Beijing allow the yuan to rise. They also issued a
warning to financial markets that they won’t sit by and watch the
dollar continue to slide.
(SFC, 4/12/08, p.C2)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 12, Chinese President
Hu Jintao defended the crackdown on protests in Tibet and denied the
disturbances were linked to human rights in his first public
comments on the incident.
2008 Apr 12, Taiwan's vice
president-elect said he and Chinese President Hu Jintao held "candid
and harmonious" talks in the highest-level contact ever between the
sides, and they had brought results.
2008 Apr 13, In Tanzania about
1,000 people cheered and marched with a team of 80 athletes and a
Cabinet minister participating in the Olympic torch relay, the
flame's only stop in Africa.
2008 Apr 14, China’s state
television said police found 30 firearms in a Tibetan monastery in
Aba prefecture of Sichuan province last month.
2008 Apr 15, Mike Leavitt, the
top US health official, said US food and drug regulators will start
working in China next month once Beijing gives its final approval.
2008 Apr 16, China’s state
media reported that over the last 2 days police in northeastern
Gansu province have found guns, dynamite, bullets and satellite
receivers hidden in 11 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
2008 Apr 16, In Pakistan
runners carried the Olympic flame around the outside of a sports
stadium, an invitation-only event in front of an elite, sparse crowd
with heavy security to deter any anti-China protesters or terrorist
2008 Apr 17, In India runners
carried the Olympic flame along a heavily guarded route through
central New Delhi, protected by about 15,000 police who kept Tibetan
exiles and other anti-China protesters from disrupting the ceremony.
Tens of thousands of pro-Tibetan demonstrators gathered across India
to protest the torch relay.
(AP, 4/17/08)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.A16)
2008 Apr 17, In Japan Buddhist
Monks at the ancient Zenkoji Temple decided to pull out of hosting
an April 26 ceremony for the protest-marred Olympic torch relay
because of China's crackdown in Tibet, as visiting Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi rebuffed Japanese pressure over Tibet,
reiterating that Beijing sees it as an internal matter.
2008 Apr 18,
In China 56 fishermen were reported missing as one of the
earliest typhoons to hit the region in six decades barreled down on
the southern island of Hainan. 38 swam to a reef area after their
boats were damaged leaving 18 still missing.
(AP, 4/18/08)(AP, 4/19/08)
2008 Apr 18,
South Africa's main transport union thwarted the delivery of a
controversial shipment of Chinese arms destined for Zimbabwe, saying
its workers would not offload the cargo. The Chinese ship left the
South African harbor and headed for neighboring Mozambique. Angola
and Mozambique said the ship is not welcome. China defended the
cargo against international criticism.
(AFP, 4/18/08)(AP, 4/19/08)(AFP, 4/22/08)(SFC,
2008 Apr 19,
Typhoon Neoguri swept through Macau, after it struck Hainan
island south of mainland China the night before.
2008 Apr 20,
China unveiled a new draft food safety law that provides for
penalties of up to life imprisonment for people responsible for the
production of substandard food.
2008 Apr 21,
Malaysia's leg of the Olympic torch relay passed off largely
without incident with a heavy police presence netting just five
protesters and thousands of well-wishers braving torrential rain.
2008 Apr 24, China said a
shipment of arms bound for Zimbabwe will be recalled after South
African workers refused to unload the vessel and other neighboring
countries barred it from their ports.
2008 Apr 25, China's government
agreed to a meeting with an envoy of exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai
Lama, a step that follows weeks of calls from world leaders for
dialogue in the wake of anti-government protests in Tibet.
2008 Apr 25, China banned a
controversial type of irreversible brain surgery used to treat
(WSJ, 4/28/08, p.A11)
2008 Apr 25, In Japan
protesters waved the Tibetan flag and denounced China's rulers as
the Beijing Olympic torch arrived for the latest leg of a worldwide
relay marred by demonstrations.
2008 Apr 27, A North Korean
defector tried to set himself on fire to halt the Olympic torch
relay through Seoul, while thousands of police guarded the flame
from protesters blasting China's treatment of North Korean refugees.
A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea for the first time in
a decade across the heavily fortified border dividing the countries.
(AP, 4/27/08)(AP, 4/28/08)
2008 Apr 27, In Sudan China’s
state-owned China Water and Electric Corp (CWE) and Sino-Hydro
signed a 400-million dollar (255-million euro) deal to raise the
height of Sudan's oldest dam, in the southern Blue Nile state.
2008 Apr 28, In China a
policeman and a Tibetan activist were killed following a raid
against ethnic Tibetans in Qinghai province.
(WSJ, 5/1/08, p.A11)
2008 Apr 28, A high-speed
passenger train jumped its tracks and slammed into another train in
eastern China, killing 72 people and injuring 416 in China's worst
train accident in a decade.
(AP, 4/28/08)(AP, 7/24/11)
2008 Apr 28, The Olympic torch
arrived in Vietnam from North Korea, where tens of thousands of
citizens were mobilized to celebrate the relay in Pyongyang in the
flame's first visit to the authoritarian nation.
2008 Apr 29, A Chinese court
jailed 30 people for terms ranging from three years to life for
their roles in Tibet's deadly riots, which triggered anti-China
protests across the globe ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Apr 29, In China a
newspaper reported that thousands of children in southwest China
have been sold into slavery like "cabbages," to work as laborers in
more prosperous areas such as the booming southern province of
2008 Apr 30, The Olympic torch
returned to Chinese soil after a turbulent 20-nation tour, landing
in the bustling financial capital of Hong Kong where officials
deported at least seven activists before the flame's arrival.
2008 May 1, China inaugurated
one of the world's longest bridges, which will provide an important
new route into Shanghai. The 36-kilometer (22-mile) structure
connected Jiaxing city near Shanghai to the port city of Ningbo in
the eastern province of Zhejiang.
2008 May 4, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao said he was hoping for positive results with envoys of the
Dalai Lama, as talks opened, but state media kept up a barrage of
attacks on Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. In Shenzhen envoys of
the Dalai Lama and Chinese officials held a day of talks aimed at
mending fences following a wave of unrest that pushed Tibet to
centre stage ahead of the 2008 Olympics. They agreed to further
(Reuters, 5/4/08)(Reuters, 5/5/08)
2008 May 4, China's Health
Ministry issued a nationwide alert after the enterovirus 71 virus,
or EV-71, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease, infected more
than 4,500 children in central Anhui province. The outbreak was
centered around Fuyang city, where 22 deaths have occurred.
2008 May 5, In China, state
media said a deadly viral outbreak that preys on children has
appeared in Beijing, and the number of infections in China has grown
to more than 8,000. Enterovirus 71 was blamed and went on to kill at
least 43 people with over 24,000 sickened.
(AP, 5/5/08)(SFC, 5/24/08, p.A8)
2008 May 6, Chinese President
Hu Jintao arrived in Tokyo for a feel-good visit that will use ping
pong and pandas to take the edge off more contentious problems like
border disputes, historical animosity and concerns over China's rule
2008 May 7, The leaders of
Japan and China agreed to resolve a territorial row and start
regular summits to ease decades of tension, pledging that Asia's two
largest economies would not see each other as a threat.
2008 May 7, China’s state media
said the number of infections of hand, foot and mouth disease has
grown to more than 15,000 with 28 deaths.
2008 May 8, A Chinese
mountaineering team took the Olympic flame to the top of Mount
Everest, a feat dreamed up to underscore China's ambitions for the
2008 May 11, China PM Wen
Jiabao launched Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (CACC), in
an effort to challenge the duopoly of Airbus and Boeing.
(Econ, 5/17/08, p.82)
2008 May 12, Initial reports
said a 7.8 earthquake struck central China, killing over 9,000
people and trapping nearly 900 students under the rubble of their
school. 80% of the buildings had collapsed in Beichuan county in
Sichuan province. The death toll soon exceeded 12,000 in Sichuan
province alone. 18,645 were reported buried in debris in the city of
Mianyang, near the epicenter of the quake, whose magnitude was
raised to 7.9. The Sichuan quake ended up killing some 80,000
people. Scientists in 2009 linked the quake to the Zipingu Dam, 5.5
km from the epicenter. In 2009 an official tally said 5,335 students
were left dead or missing.
(AP, 5/1208)(AP, 5/13/08)(WSJ, 2/7/08, p.A6)(AP,
2008 May 12-2008 May 13,
Chinese police detained 16 Tibetan Buddhist monks from eastern
Tibet's Mangkam county, who were allegedly involved in a series of
bombings in early April.
2008 May 14, China’s Xinhua
News Agency said that 2,000 troops had been sent to work on the
Zipingku Dam, upriver from Dujiangyan in Sichuan province as the
death toll from the May 12 earthquake approached 15,000.
2008 May 15, China warned the
death toll from this week's earthquake could soar to 50,000, while
the government issued a public appeal for rescue equipment as it
struggled to cope with the disaster.
2008 May 16, In China a strong
aftershock sparked landslides near the epicenter of this week's
powerful earthquake, while some survivors were pulled from rubble
after being buried for four days. The official death toll rose to
about 22,069, and another 14,000 still were buried in Sichuan.
2008 May 17, In China the
confirmed death toll rose to 28,881 as thousands of earthquake
victims fled areas near the epicenter, fearful of floods from rivers
blocked by landslides rattled loose in this week's powerful temblor.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook Sichuan province. At least 14
people died in a collision between a bus and a tractor in eastern
(AP, 5/17/08)(Reuters, 5/17/08)
2008 May 18, China declared
three days of national mourning for earthquake victims and ordered a
suspension of the Olympic torch relay, as the search for survivors
of the disaster grew bleak with the confirmed death toll rising to
2008 May 19, China stood still
to begin 3 days of mourning over tens of thousands of earthquake
victims, and the government appealed for more international aid to
cope with the country's deadliest disaster in a generation. The
confirmed death toll from the May 12 quake rose to 34,073.
(AP, 5/19/08)(Econ, 5/24/08, p.57)
2008 May 20, In China the
confirmed death toll rose to more than 40,000 as authorities
struggled to find shelter for many of the 5 million people whose
homes were destroyed in last week's earthquake.
2008 May 22, China said the
toll of dead and missing from last week's powerful earthquake jumped
to more than 80,000, while the government appealed for millions of
tents to shelter homeless survivors.
2008 May 23, China and Russia
jointly condemned a US plan for a global missile defense system at
the start of a highly symbolic visit by new Russian President Dmitry
2008 May 24, In China rescuers
rushed to reach 24 coal miners trapped underground by the earthquake
almost two weeks ago, as the government sharply raised the quake's
death toll, warning it could exceed 80,000.
2008 May 25, A 6.0 aftershock
hit quake-ravaged central China killed 6 people, left dozens more
injured and destroyed some 71,000 homes. Soldiers carrying
explosives hiked to a blocked-off river to alleviate the threat of
(AP, 5/25/08)(SFC, 5/26/08, p.A8)
2008 May 26, China said the
confirmed death toll had risen to 65,080 with 23,150 people still
missing. The final number of dead was expected to exceed 80,000.
officials said that the country's one-child policy exempts families
with a child killed, severely injured or disabled in the country's
2008 May 27, Chinese officials
rushed to evacuate another 80,000 people in the path of potential
floodwaters building up behind a quake-spawned dam as soldiers
carved a channel to try to drain away the threat. A government
spokesman said the confirmed death toll in the earthquake more than
two weeks ago has risen to 67,183.
2008 May 28, China’s Xinhua
News Agency reported that torrential rains had killed 18 people in
southern Guizhou province since May 25, and that the rains were
expected to continue for 3 more days. 12 more people were reported
missing. Some 6,700 houses were damaged since the rains began.
(SFC, 5/29/08, p.A7)
2008 May 31, Chinese
authorities had evacuated nearly 200,000 people and warned more than
1 million others to be ready to leave quickly as a lake formed by a
devastating earthquake threatened to breach its dam. A
Russian-designed Mi-171 transport helicopter carrying 10 people
injured in the devastating earthquake and four crew members crashed
in fog and turbulence, and authorities searched for survivors. The
confirmed death toll from the May 12 earthquake, reached nearly
69,000, with another 18,000 still missing.
(AP, 5/31/08)(AP, 6/1/08)
2008 Jun 1, China became the
latest country to declare war on plastic bags in a drive to save
energy and protect the environment.
2008 Jun 2, China began paying
sums of about $144 to each parent whose sole offspring was killed in
the May 12 earthquake.
(WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 4, Chinese police
blocked access to a school that collapsed in last month's massive
earthquake, a day after breaking up a protest by parents of students
who died in the disaster.
2008 Jun 5, In China more than
10,000 people were moved to higher ground as water continued to rise
in a brimming lake formed by landslides from the May 12 earthquake
and another strong aftershock rocked the quake-battered region.
2008 Jun 7, In Hong Kong a
routine inspection found chickens infected with H5N1 bird flu in a
poultry market. Authorities slaughtered 2,700 birds and banned live
poultry imports from China.
(WSJ, 6/9/08, p.A12)
2008 Jun 10, A new WWF report
said China is now consuming more than twice as much as what its
ecosystems can supply sustainably, having doubled its needs since
2008 Jun 10, Chinese
authorities detained Huang Qi for posting articles on his Web site
criticizing the government's response to the massive earthquake that
struck Sichuan province the month before. In 2009 he was sentenced
to 3 years in prison.
(AP, 11/23/09)(AP, 11/23/09)
2008 Jun 12, Chinese police
kicked foreign journalists out of Dujiangyan city, where the
collapse of several schools in China's earthquake drew charges of
corruption from parents of dead children.
2008 Jun 12, Taiwan and China
agreed for the first time ever to set up permanent offices in each
others' territories as the two sides met for their first formal
talks in more than a decade.
2008 Jun 13, Chinese President
Hu Jintao said the long journey to better ties with Taiwan was off
to a good start, after the rivals signed historic agreements to set
up direct flights and boost tourism.
2008 Jun 13, A blast in a north
China coal mine left 34 workers trapped underground, after rescuers
lifted nine to safety. Heavy rains in southern China triggered
floods that killed six people and forced the evacuation of 150,000
residents. A landslide in northern China buried a brick factory,
killing 19 workers.
(AP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/14/08)
2008 Jun 15, China’s state
media said at least 55 people have died and seven were missing in
flooding across a broad stretch of southern China.
2008 Jun 17, China's Xinhua
News Agency said recent flooding has killed 169 people in 12
provinces following several weeks of rains.
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A8)
2008 Jun 18, China and Japan
agreed to end a dispute over control of offshore natural gas fields
and to jointly develop the fields in the East China Sea.
(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A12)
2008 Jun 19, China’s government
raised its base price for gasoline by 17% and 18% for diesel in an
effort to diminish the nation’s appetite for fuel.
(WSJ, 6/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 22, A Russian film
about a teenager surprised by the sudden appearance of the father
she thought to be dead won the top prize at the 11th Shanghai
International Film Festival. Vladimir Kott's directorial debut
"Mukha" was named best feature film in the Jin Jue Awards announced
at the conclusion of the nine-day festival.
2008 Jun 23, Anglo-Australian
mining group Rio Tinto said that it had agreed to a near doubling of
the price of its iron ore sales to Chinese steel maker Baosteel.
2008 Jun 24, A Japanese warship
steamed into a Chinese port, the first such visit since World War
Two, in a military exchange aimed at putting relations between the
former bitter enemies on a firmer footing.
2008 Jun 25, China re-opened
Tibet to foreign tourists after claiming victory over the worst
unrest there in decades -- which led Beijing to all but seal off the
area from the outside world.
2008 Jun 28, China’s government
said Tropical Storm Fengshen killed at least nine people in southern
China. In southwest China angry villagers set fire to police and
government offices and overturned vehicles to protest how officials
handled a teenage student's death. The unrest was sparked by the
death of a 16-year-old student who was raped and murdered. Relatives
said she disappeared after being called away by three young men, two
of whom were related to officials in the county's public security
bureau. Provincial officials soon dismissed the town’s government,
party and police chiefs.
(AP, 6/28/08)(AP, 6/29/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.30)
2008 Jun, Cosco, China’s
biggest state-owned shipping company, won a tender to build and
operate a new container terminal at the Greek port of Piraeus.
(Econ, 8/23/08, p.51)
2008 Jul 1, In China a man
armed with a knife stormed a police station in Shanghai, stabbing
officers inside and killing 6 officers. On September 1 Yang Jia (28)
was sentenced to death for the knife attack. In northwest China 18
miners were killed in a mine-shaft collapse at the state-owned
Huisen Liangshuijing Coal Mine in Shaanxi province. Yang Jia was
executed on Nov 26.
(AP, 7/1/08)(AP, 7/2/08)(AP, 9/1/08)(AP,
2008 Jul 4, China and Taiwan
launched regular direct flights for the first time in nearly six
decades, ushering in what Beijing called a "new start" in their
tense and testy relations.
2008 Jul 5, In northern China
an apparent blast at a coal mine killed 21 workers at the Wujiu coal
mine outside Datong city in Shanxi province. In central China a
four-story building under construction in a suburb of Wuhan city
collapsed and killed eight people.
2008 Jul 7, In China Diana
O'Brien (22), a Canadian model, was found murdered in her Shanghai
apartment. On Jul 11 police arrested Chen Jun (18), who confessed to
killing the woman during a robbery.
2008 Jul 8, A Chinese court
jailed Xiong Zhengliang, a former anti-graft prosecutor for life,
for torturing a suspect to death. His superior was sentenced to
seven years in prison for trying to cover up the case. Liang Jiping,
a deputy director of the county's electricity bureau, was detained
in May 2007 on suspicion of taking bribes. Liang died on June 1,
2007, after being held in custody for nearly five days and in three
2008 Jul 8, Chinese police
killed five Muslims who were planning a "holy war" in the latest
alleged terror threat ahead of the Beijing Olympics. The five were
shot dead when police raided their hide-out in Urumqi.
2008 Jul 9, China convicted and
then executed two ethnic Uighur men and imprisoned another 15 for
alleged terrorist links in the western region of Xinjiang.
2008 Jul 10, In China migrant
workers began a 3-day riot in Kanmen town in coastal Zhejiang
province. Three hundred military police arrived on July 13 and 30
migrant workers have been detained. A Hong Kong-based rights group
said the unrest was centered around a migrant worker who was beaten
by a security guard while trying to get a temporary residence
2008 Jul 11, Zimbabwe’s
opposition Movement for Democratic Change said a total of 113 MDC
supporters have now been killed in politically-related violence.
Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition held a second day of talks in
South Africa. A UN Security Council bid to pass sanctions against
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was vetoed by Russia and China.
(AP, 7/11/08)(AFP, 7/11/08)(AFP, 7/12/08)
2008 Jul 12, North Korea agreed
to completely disable its main nuclear facilities by the end of
October and to allow thorough site inspections to verify that all
necessary steps had been taken as the latest round of six-nation
disarmament talks concluded in Beijing.
2008 Jul 14, A Chinese migrant
worker at the Shuangqiao Garden Plaza in Wenshan county killed one
person and stabbed nine others after discovering his savings of
2,600 yuan ($380) had been swapped for counterfeit notes while he
visited a prostitute.
2008 Jul 14, An explosion at a
mine in northern Hebei province killed 34 miners and a rescue
worker. In November, 2009, officials at the mine were charge with
moving dead bodies, destroying evidence and paying journalists 2.6
million yuan ($380,000) not to report the explosion. In 2010 a
journalist was sentenced to 16 years in prison for taking bribes to
help cover up the disaster, which took place just 3 weeks before the
2008 Jul 15, China voiced
concern over an International Criminal Court prosecutor's decision
to seek an arrest warrant for Sudan's president on charges of
genocide in the African country's war-torn Darfur region.
2008 Jul 16, The government of
China’s Gansu province told the Ministry of Health about an unusual
surge of kidney stones among infants who had all drunk the same
brand of milk.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.57)
2008 Jul 17, A new company of
Chinese engineers deployed to Sudan's war-torn western region of
Darfur, boosting the number of UN-led peacekeeping troops to 8,000.
2008 Jul 20, Beijing started
its most drastic pollution-control plan, restricting car use and
limiting factory emissions in a last-minute push to clear
smog-choked skies for the August Olympics.
2008 Jul 21, In China 2 people
were killed in explosions aboard two public buses in Kunming city,
Yunnan province. On Dec 24 Li Yan reportedly confessed to his role
in the bombings as he lay on his death bed after trying to plant
another bomb. 20 miners escaped or were rescued from a flooded coal
mine in southern China but six have died and 30 remain trapped.
(AFP, 7/21/08)(AP, 7/22/08)(SFC, 12/29/08, p.A3)
2008 Jul 21, China and Russia
signed an agreement that demarcated their 2,700 mile border ending a
long running border dispute.
(WSJ, 7/22/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 24, Iraq was told it's
not welcome to the Beijing Olympics because of a political feud in
Baghdad that angered the games' guardians and exiled a country that
arrived to a roaring ovation at the opening ceremony four years ago.
2008 Jul 29, The International
Olympic Committee agreed to allow Iraq to participate in the Beijing
games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the
independence of its national Olympics.
2008 Jul 30, A human rights
group said Chinese authorities have sent Liu Shaokun to a labor camp
for a year. He had posted pictures of collapsed schools on the
Internet and was detained last June for allegedly “seriously
disturbing social order." And disrupting post-quake reconstruction
(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A7)
2008 Jul, In China the founder
of a company involved in commodities futures trading allegedly fled
to the US with millions of dollars of customers’ money.
(Econ, 8/9/08, p.40)
2008 Jul, Japan for the first
time exported more to China this month than to America. Japan’s
public sector debt stood at 170% of GDP, the highest among the big
(Econ, 9/6/08, p.87)
2008 Aug 1, China’s broad
anti-monopoly law, promulgated in August, 2007, went into effect. It
became informally referred to as its economic constitution.
2008 Aug 2, In China Zhang
Jinfu (43), a farmer, killed six and injured one in a stabbing spree
in the Hubei province village of Xuyang.
2008 Aug 2, China’s Sanlu
Group, a dairy product producer, told Fronterra, a New Zealand
company that owns 43% of Sanlu, that there was problem with milk
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.57)
2008 Aug 4, In western China 2
Uighur men rammed a truck into a clutch of jogging policemen and
tossed explosives, killing 17 officers, in an attack in Kashgar,
Xinjiang province, just days before the Beijing Olympics. The 2 men
were sentenced to death on Dec 17.
(AP, 8/4/08)(SFC, 8/5/08, p.A11)(AP, 12/17/08)
2008 Aug 5, A magnitude 6.0
earthquake rocked the western Chinese provinces of Sichuan and
Gansu, killing one person and injuring 23 near the site of May's
devastating quake that killed at least 70,000 people.
2008 Aug 6, China announced
changes to its foreign exchange rules to address surging growth in
its hard currency reserves.
(WSJ, 8/7/08, p.C12)
2008 Aug 6, The US said it will
protest to China over its decision to revoke the visa of Olympic
gold medalist Joey Cheek, an activist on the African region of
Darfur where China is accused of failing to help end the crisis.
Speedskater Cheek is co-founder of Team Darfur, an international
coalition of athletes campaigning to draw world attention to the
humanitarian crisis there.
2008 Aug 7, Critics of China's
human rights record made sure they were not forgotten, a day before
the grand opening of the Beijing Olympics, with protest actions the
world over and in China itself. Thousands of Tibetan exiles
demonstrated in Nepal and India.
(AFP, 8/7/08)(AP, 8/7/08)
2008 Aug 7, The US Olympic team
chose Lopez Lomong, one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, to carry the
flag at the Olympic opening ceremony, throwing the spotlight on
China's much-criticized policy on Darfur.
2008 Aug 8, In Beijing, China,
the 29th Olympic Games, costing an estimated 40 billion dollars and
shrouded by political controversies, burst into life with a
spectacular opening ceremony at the “bird’s nest" stadium designed
by Ai Weiwei. The official slogan for the games this year was “One
world, one dream." Actress activist Mia Farrow began Web-casting her
own "Darfur Olympics" from a refugee camp on the barren Sudan-Chad
border, aiming to shame China into using its influence with Khartoum
to end the Darfur conflict.
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 8/7/08)(Econ, 8/2/08,
p.28)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.85)
2008 Aug 8, President Bush
blended carefully calibrated political messages for China and Russia
with enthusiasm for his nation's athletes as he became the first US
president to attend an Olympics abroad.
2008 Aug 9, Tang Yongming (47),
a knife-wielding Chinese man, attacked two relatives of a coach for
the US Olympic men's volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing,
killing Todd Bachman (62) and injuring his wife on the first day of
the Olympics. Yongming then committed suicide by throwing himself
from the second story of the site, the 13th century Drum Tower just
five miles from the main Olympics site.
(AP, 8/9/08)(SFC, 8/11/08, p.A12)
2008 Aug 10, In northwest China
bombings and fierce clashes took place between police and attackers,
the second outbreak of deadly violence there in under a week. Two
women were among a squad of assailants accused of killing 12 people
when they hurled homemade bombs at government buildings and police.
(AFP, 8/10/08)(AP, 8/11/08)
2008 Aug 10, Welshwoman Nicole
Cooke handed Britain their first gold of the Beijing Olympic Games
when she won the women's cycling road race.
2008 Aug 10, Japan's Masato
Uchishiba has won his second straight Olympic gold medal, pinning
France's Benjamin Darbelet just seconds into their final match in
the men's 66-kilogram division and bringing Japan its first judo
gold of the Beijing Games.
2008 Aug 11, In China the US
remained third in the medals table at the end of the third day of
Olympic competition with three gold medals behind hosts China with
nine after the completion of 34 events, and South Korea with four.
Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to ever win a solo gold medal
at the Olympic Games after winning the men's 10m air rifle title.
2008 Aug 11, President George
W. Bush said he used talks with China's leaders during the Beijing
Olympics to press them to use their influence with Sudan to help end
the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
2008 Aug 12, Knife-wielding
assailants attacked a road checkpoint in China's troubled far west,
killing three guards and raising the death toll to 31 from a surge
in violence coinciding with the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Aug 13, A Chinese team
beat the United States and clinched China's first women's team
Olympic gold in gymnastics, amid allegations that at least one
member, He Kexin, of the Chinese team was under age.
2008 Aug 13, Michael Phelps
swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his
10th and 11th career gold medals, and 5 world records in 5 events at
the Beijing Games.
2008 Aug 15, In Beijing 2
positive dope tests by Asian athletes overshadowed Singapore's first
medal in 48 years and a podium for Malaysia with a North Korean
shooter and a Vietnamese gymnast exposed as cheats.
2008 Aug 15, Xinhua News said a
bus veered off the road and plunged into a ravine in central China,
killing 15 people.
2008 Aug 16, Carol Huynh, whose
parents fled communist Vietnam in the 1970s, won Canada's first gold
of the Olympics in the women's 48 kg freestyle wrestling. Usain Bolt
of Jamaica was crowned the world's fastest man when he raced to
victory in the Olympic men's 100 meters final in a world record time
of 9.69 sec.
(AP, 8/16/08)(AFP, 8/16/08)
2008 Aug 17, In Beijing Michael
Phelps won his 8th gold medal as team mate Jason Lezak brought it
home for a world record in the 400-meter medley relay.
2008 Aug 18, State media
reported that Chinese authorities have not approved any of the 77
applications they received from people who wanted to hold protests
during the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Aug 18, In northeast China
a gas explosion tore through a coal mine, leaving 24 workers
2008 Aug 20, In Beijing
Rohullah Nikpai of Afghanistan won a bronze medal in taekwondo. This
was Afghanistan’s first Olympic medal ever.
2008 Aug 20, Hua Guofeng
(b.1921), who succeeded Mao Zedong as chairman of China's ruling
Communist Party and briefly ruled the country (1976), died in
2008 Aug 22, Two Beijing
grandmothers remained defiant and in good spirits despite being
sentenced to one year of reeducation through labor for applying to
protest during the Olympics.
2008 Aug 23, In Beijing Angel
Matos, a Cuban taekwondo athlete, and his coach Leudis Gonzalez were
banned for life after Matos kicked the referee in the face following
his bronze-medal match disqualification.
2008 Aug 24, The Beijing
Olympics, played out against a background of political intrigue and
featuring 16 days of compelling and controversial action, drew to a
spectacular close. China's haul of 51 gold medals was the largest
since the Soviet Union won 55 in Seoul in 1988. The US won 36 gold
medals and Russia came in 3rd with 23. Jamaica ended up with 11
medals including 6 gold. Cuba took home 24 medals, but only 2 gold.
(AP, 8/24/08)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.38)
2008 Aug 26, In southwest China
explosions ripped through a chemical plant, killing at least 11
people, injuring dozens and forcing the evacuation of thousands of
2008 Aug 27, The first outbreak
of violence in China's western region of Xinjiang since a pair of
high-profile attacks during the Olympics left 2 Chinese policemen
dead and 7 more wounded. In north China 9 miners in Hebei province
became trapped underground after the illegal mine they worked in
collapsed. Police were only informed 2 days later. All 9 were feared
(AP, 8/28/08)(AFP, 8/29/08)
2008 Aug 27, China and Iraq
signed a $3 billion deal revising a prewar agreement for China's
biggest oil company to help develop the Ahdab oil field. On Sep 2
Iraq’s Cabinet approved the deal with China National Petroleum Corp.
(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 9/2/08)
2008 Aug 28, State media
reported that Chinese government auditors have uncovered the misuse
of millions of dollars in disaster assistance as part of an
embezzlement probe spanning 10 central government departments.
2008 Aug 29, Chinese police
investigating a spate of attacks this month in western Xinjiang
province shot dead six suspects and arrested three others near
2008 Aug 30, China’s tallest
building, the 101-story, 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center,
opened 14 years after Minoru Mori, its Japanese developer, began the
$1.13 billion project. The family owned Mori Building Co. owned 70%
of the project.
(SFC, 8/29/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/2/08, p.B2)
2008 Aug 30, A 6.1 earthquake
hit southwest China's Sichuan province, killing least 36 people and
turning tens of thousands of homes into rubble and cracked
(Reuters, 8/30/08)(AP, 8/31/08)
2008 Sep 1, In China the
128-meter Spring Temple Buddha, the tallest statue in the world, was
completed in Henan province. Construction had begun in 1997.
2008 Sep 1, In China a new tax
on gas guzzling cars took effect in an effort to reduce fuel
consumption and fight pollution. In June the tax on fuel was
increased by almost 20%.
(Econ, 8/23/08, p.54)
2008 Sep 2, Iraq’s Cabinet
approved an oil deal, signed August 27, with China National
Petroleum Corp. An American soldier died of non-combat related
causes in Baghdad.
(AP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/1/08)
2008 Sep 2, Pakistani Taliban
militants said they had kidnapped two Chinese telecoms engineers and
their entourage and would soon issue a list of demands. The
engineers went missing along with their local driver and a security
guard four days ago near the Afghan border where they had been
checking an installation.
2008 Sep 3, Coca-Cola Co.
announced a bid to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group in a $2.4
(WSJ, 9/4/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 3-2008 Sep 4, In
China’s Hunan province, thousands of people demonstrated and clashed
with police in Jishou about a property company they said cheated
them of their money. News of the protests did not become public
until after the Olympics.
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.52)
2008 Sep 4, In northeast China
24 people were killed and six injured in a coal mine gas explosion,
that left 3 miners trapped.
2008 Sep 7, In China a flood
swamped the mine in Yuzhou city of Henan province trapping 23
2008 Sep 8, In northern China a
landslide triggered by heavy rain killed at least 277 people, with
10 missing and presumed dead in Shanxi province's Xiangfen county.
In 2009 a Chinese court jailed 12 officials for the collapse of an
illegal mining dump that triggered the landslide.
(AP, 9/8/08)(AP, 9/18/08)(AP, 6/28/09)
2008 Sep 11, China’s Sanlu
Group announced a nationwide recall of 700 tons of milk powder.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.58)
2008 Sep 12, Shops throughout
China pulled a milk powder, suspected sickening babies, from shelves
in the latest safety scandal to rock the country's food industry.
Investigators soon detained 19 people and were questioning 78 to
find out how melamine was added to milk supplied to Sanlu Group Co.,
China's biggest milk powder producer. On Sep 15 Zhang Zhenling, vice
president of Sanlu Group, read a letter of apology at a news
briefing in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, where the
corporation is based. China later reported that more than 6,000
babies had fallen ill and three died after drinking contaminated
milk powder. Consumer complaints to Sanlu Group regarding its baby
milk formula had begun as early as last December. By the end of the
year 6 children had died and tens of thousands were made ill from
milk powder tainted with melamine.
(AP, 9/12/08)(AP, 9/13/08)(AFP, 9/15/08)(AFP,
9/17/08)(SFC, 9/24/08, p.A12)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.67)
2008 Sep 13, A fiery bus crash
in China's Sichuan province killed 51 people.
2008 Sep 16, Tian Wenhua, the
board chairwoman and general manager of China dairy giant Sanlu
Group, was fired from her posts in the wake of the tainted milk
2008 Sep 17, A packed "Bird's
Nest" National stadium witnessed the formal end of the Beijing
Paralympic Games, bringing down the curtain on a glittering 12-day
2008 Sep 18, China announced
plans to buy shares and take other measures to support the nation’s
plummeting stock market.
(WSJ, 9/19/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 18, The Bank of China
announced that it would take a 20% stake in the French arm of LCF
Rothschild, its first investment in a euro-zone bank.
(Econ, 9/27/08, p.77)
2008 Sep 19, Singapore banned
all dairy imports from China and the European Union demanded answers
from Beijing as the baby formula scandal, which left 4 babies dead
and over 6 thousand infants ill across China, spread to liquid milk.
2008 Sep 20, In southern China
a fire and subsequent stampede at the Dance King nightclub in
Shenzhen killed 44 people and left 88 injured. In 2010 two bosses of
the club were sentenced to 15½ years in prison. Club general manager
Lu Jinghuang was ordered jailed for three years. 14 other club
managers received jail terms ranging up to six years. In Hubei
province a migrant worker stabbed 12 people, seriously inuring 2 of
them in Shiyan city.
(AFP, 9/21/08)(SFC, 9/22/08, p.A3)(AP, 3/31/10)
2008 Sep 21, Hong Kong
authorities said they found traces of melamine in a batch of
Chinese-made Nestle commercial milk. The next day they forced Nestle
to recall the milk line.
(WSJ, 9/23/08, p.A22)
2008 Sep 22, The number of
Chinese infants sick in hospital after drinking tainted milk formula
doubled to nearly 13,000 and the country's top quality regulator
resigned in the latest blight on the "made-in-China" brand.
2008 Sep 23, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez arrived in China to hold talks with his
counterpart Hu Jintao and sign a deal for combat aircraft in a visit
likely to irk the US. Chavez said Venezuela and China agreed to
jointly build 2 oil refineries, one in each country.
(AP, 9/23/08)(WSJ, 9/24/08, p.A25)
2008 Sep 23, In China Li
Shiming, a corrupt and rapacious local Communist Party secretary in
Shanxi province, was murdered by Zhang Xuping (18). Shiming had
Zhang expelled from school in 2003 following the imprisonment of his
mother, who had protested along with others the confiscation of land
(Econ, 8/22/09, p.38)
2008 Sep 24, Typhoon Hagupit
plowed into south China, killing at least 13 people, closing
schools, canceling flights, uprooting trees and bringing down
billboards in several cities. Torrential rain isolated more than
20,000 people in an area of southwest China still recovering from a
devastating earthquake in May. Flash floods and landslides unleashed
by heavy rains killed at least 16 people in Sichuan province.
(Reuters, 9/25/08)(AP, 9/26/08)
2008 Sep 25, China successfully
launched a three-man crew into space to carry out the country's
first spacewalk, beginning the nation's most challenging space
mission since it first sent a person into space in 2003. The
Shenzhou VII spacecraft was launched on a Long March II-F rocket in
western Inner Mongolia.
(AP, 9/25/08)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.60)
2008 Sep 25, The EU banned
imports of baby food containing Chinese milk as tainted dairy
products linked to the deaths of four babies turned up in candy and
other Chinese-made goods that were quickly pulled from stores
worldwide. More than a dozen countries have banned or recalled
Chinese dairy products as melamine was found in milk products from
22 Chinese dairy companies.
(AP, 9/25/08)(SFC, 9/25/08, p.A3)
2008 Sep 27, Mission commander
Zhai Zhigang floated, a Chinese astronaut, performed the nation's
first-ever spacewalk, the latest milestone in an ambitious program
that is increasingly rivaling the United States and Russia in its
rapid expansion. Fellow astronaut Liu Boming also emerged briefly
from the capsule to hand Zhai a Chinese flag that he waved for an
exterior camera filming the event. The third crew member, Jing
Haipeng, monitored the Shenzhou 7 from inside the re-entry module.
2008 Sep 28, Three Chinese
astronauts made a jubilant return to Earth after successfully
completing the country's first-ever spacewalk, an event the premier
said was "a stride forward" in China's space history.
2008 Sep 29, China kicked off
its National Day celebrations.
2008 Sep 29, British candy
maker Cadbury said it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made
chocolates found to contain melamine, as police in northern China
raided a network accused of adding the banned chemical to milk.
2008 Sep 29, Typhoon Jangmi
roared toward eastern China after lashing Taiwan with torrential
rains and powerful winds that killed two people and injured more
2008 Sep 30, China’s state
media reported that police in northern China have arrested 27 people
in their probe into tainted milk that has sickened 53,000 children
and tarnished China's reputation abroad.
2008 Sep 30, Zhou Yongjun (41),
former student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy
movement, was seized and secretly imprisoned as he sought to
re-enter China to visit his parents. When he tried to return to
China in 1998, he was sentenced to three years of "re-education
through labor" and returned to the United States in 2002. In May
2009 he was charged with fraud.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/p6mcno)
2008 Sep, In China hepatitis C
infections were discovered after a patient who had received a
transfusion during an operation in Pingtang tested positive for the
disease. In 2009 police detained the director of the hospital, where
at least 64 people were infected with the potentially deadly liver
disease after receiving transfusions from blood collected illegally.
2008 Oct 1, Fifteen more
Chinese dairy companies were identified as producing milk products
contaminated with an industrial chemical, further broadening a
scandal affecting products ranging from baby formula to chocolate.
2008 Oct 3, Officials said
Vietnam's health ministry has discovered the industrial chemical
melamine in 18 food products imported from China and three other
countries and has ordered them recalled and destroyed.
2008 Oct 4, Taiwan's president
welcomed a US decision to sell the island up to $6.5 billion in
advanced weaponry, while China warned the move would damage
relations between Beijing and Washington.
2008 Oct 5, Hong Kong said it
found two Cadbury chocolate products contained considerably more of
the industrial chemical melamine than the city's legal limit in a
growing scandal over Chinese tainted food. China attempted to
contain the fallout from the tainted milk scandal, announcing a new
survey of dairy products showed no traces of melamine and promising
to subsidize farmers hit by the scare.
(AP, 10/5/08)(AFP, 10/5/08)
2008 Oct 8, Six central banks
jolted markets by cutting interest rates together in an attempt to
shore up confidence in the world's crisis-stricken financial system.
The US Fed reduced its key rate from 2% to 1.5%. The Bank of England
unexpectedly slashed its key lending rate by a half-point to 4.5%.
The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to
2.5%. China also cut its key interest rates for a second time in
less than one month to 6.9%. The European Central Bank sliced its
rate by half a point to 3.75%. Sweden, and Switzerland also cut
rates. Earlier in a day Japan's Nikkei showed its biggest drop since
the October, 1987 stock market crash. The IMF said the world economy
is entering a major downturn.
(AP, 10/8/08)(AFP, 10/8/08)(Econ, 10/11/08,
2008 Oct 10, A state news
report said Beijing will ban half of its 3.4 million cars from the
roads during periods of very heavy pollution. A crane at a
construction site next to a kindergarten collapsed in Zibo city,
Shandong province, killing five children.
2008 Oct 14, China unveiled a
plan to achieve universal health care. The plan hoped to cover 90%
of the population within 2 years and achieve universal health care
by 2020. State media reported that a ginseng injection contaminated
by bacteria caused the deaths of three people using the medicine to
treat thrombosis and heart disease.
2008 Oct 15, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari reached trade deals with China, raising
hopes that Beijing would help his country through difficult economic
and diplomatic times.
2008 Oct 18, Liu Zhihua, a
former Beijing vice mayor in charge of overseeing Olympic
construction projects, was given a suspended death sentence for
corruption, in a stern warning to wayward Communist officials. The
sentence will be commuted to life in prison in two years if Liu
shows good behavior.
2008 Oct 18, Pakistan said that
China will help it build two more nuclear power plants, offsetting
Pakistani frustration over a recent nuclear deal between archrival
India and the US.
2008 Oct 18, In southern Sudan
unknown assailants kidnapped nine Chinese oil workers.
2008 Oct 19, China's communist
leaders announced the approval of key rural reform that for the
first time will permit farmers to lease or transfer their land in a
change aimed at raising rural incomes and speeding migration from
the farm to the cities. The policy change was approved a week ago at
a high-level meeting.
2008 Oct 20, In China, a
veterinarian said some 1,500 dogs, bred for their raccoon-like fur,
have died after eating feed tainted with the same chemical that
contaminated dairy products and sickened tens of thousands of babies
2008 Oct 22, China’s government
announced that the minimum downpayment on first homes would be
reduced to 20% from 30%, stamp tax would be eliminated and mortgage
(Econ, 10/25/08, p.52)
2008 Oct 23, China arrested six
people for their alleged role in supplying contaminated milk to the
country's dairy companies, as the Health Ministry said more than
3,600 Chinese children remain hospitalized after consuming
compromised products. Scores of villagers in a remote timber region
ransacked the offices of a forestry company and fought with security
guards, accusing the company of paying too little for use of their
(AP, 10/23/08)(AP, 10/27/08)
2008 Oct 23, China and
Singapore signed a free trade agreement on the eve of a summit of
European and Asian leaders in Beijing. Held every two years, ASEM
has no mandate to issue decisions, but participants hope it will
produce some degree of consensus ahead of a Nov. 15 meeting of the
world's top economies in Washington to discuss the worst financial
crisis since the 1930s.
(AP, 10/23/08)(WSJ, 10/24/08, p.A13)
2008 Oct 23, The European
Parliament awarded a prestigious rights prize to jailed Chinese
dissident Hu Jia on the eve of a key Beijing summit and despite
pressure from Beijing not to honor him.
2008 Oct 24, Tokyo and Beijing
agreed to establish a hotline between their leaders to build mutual
trust, as Prime Minister Taro Aso held his first meeting as Japanese
leader with his Chinese counterparts.
2008 Oct 24, Asian and European
leaders, meeting in Beijing, called for a coordinated response to
the global financial meltdown and prepared to endorse a critical
role for the International Monetary Fund in aiding the hardest-hit
2008 Oct 25, In China the 2-day
ASEM economic summit closed. 43 Asian and European leaders pledged
around $4 trillion to support banks and restart money markets to try
to stem the global crisis. This was ASEM’s 7th biennial gathering
(Reuters, 10/25/08)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.49)
2008 Oct 26, China’s state
media said the World Bank and France have agreed to lend China more
than $900 million to rebuild areas devastated by a massive
earthquake earlier this year.
2008 Oct 27, In central Sudan
kidnappers killed 4 Chinese oil workers out of nine they had been
holding hostage for more than a week. A local leader in troubled
South Kordofan state, where the hostages were abducted and killed,
said the Chinese died as a result of fighting between the Sudanese
army and the kidnappers. The next day 3 bodies and 3 wounded were
flown to Khartoum. A 4th body was found on Oct 29. The last 2 were
reported found Oct 31, one alive and one dead.
(AFP, 10/28/08)(AFP, 10/29/08)(AP,
2008 Oct 28, Namibia sold more
than seven tons of ivory for $1.1 million, in the first legal
auction of elephant tusks in nearly a decade, exclusively for
Chinese and Japanese buyers.
2008 Oct 29, China cut interest
rates for the 3rd time in six weeks.
(Econ, 11/1/08, p.84)
2008 Oct 29, A local Chinese
government acknowledged that officials knew about melamine-tainted
eggs for a month before the contamination was publicly disclosed. A
Dalian government notice said that local authorities were notified
Sept. 27 of tests by the customs bureau of Liaoning province that
had found melamine in a batch of export-bound eggs produced by
Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group.
2008 Oct 29, In northern China
a gas explosion in a mine shaft at a coal mine trapped 29 miners at
the Yaotou mine in central Shaanxi province. 26 bodies were
recovered over the next few days and 3 remained missing. In Henan
province 20 miners were trapped after a mine flooded at the Mazhuang
colliery. After a few days rescuers gave up hope of finding any
(AP, 10/30/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)
2008 Oct 29, David Miliband,
Britain’s foreign secretary, acknowledged China’s suzerainty over
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.54)
2008 Oct 29, Venezuela launched
its first satellite from Sichuan, China. It will begin carrying
radio, television and other data transmissions in early 2009 after
three months of tests.
2008 Oct 30, China’s state
media reported that the industrial chemical melamine is commonly
added to animal feed in China to make it appear higher in protein.
This appeared to be a tacit admission by the government that
contamination is widespread in the country's food supply.
2008 Oct 30, In China 12 people
died after an elevator plunged at the Sunshine City construction
site in east Fujian province.
2008 Oct 31, In southern China
a truck driver killed 4 people and injured 20 by driving into a
crowd of high school students coming out of class. The male driver
was shot dead by police after the incident in the city of Zhuhai in
2008 Oct, Smart Union, a
Chinese toymaker founded by Tony Wu, went into forced liquidation
with the direct loss of some 12,000 jobs and the indirect loss of
many more. Flooding in June hit Dongguan and severely impacted the
company’s inventories and the following credit crunch forced it to
shut down in September.
(Econ, 1/17/09, p.63)
2008 Oct, China’s first Disney
operated English-language school opened.
(Econ, 8/28/10, p.52)
2008 Nov 2, China opened the
final session of the Canton Fair, the country's biggest trade show,
amid complaints that attendance has been dismal because of the
financial crisis clobbering the nation's biggest export markets in
the US and Europe. In southwest China at least 40 were killed after
mudslides engulfed several villages.
(AP, 11/2/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/4/08)
2008 Nov 3, Chen Yunlin, the
most senior Chinese official to visit Taiwan since the end of a
civil war 60 years ago, arrived in Taipei on a charter flight from
Beijing for talks on strengthening economic ties, as supporters of
independence for the island staged demonstrations and planned mass
protest rallies against his visit.
2008 Nov 4, In China
authorities in Chongqing, one of China's biggest cities, vowed to
crack down on violence that has marked a rare strike by taxi
drivers, and called for an immediate return to work.
2008 Nov 4, Taiwan and China
set aside decades of hostilities and agreed to drastically expand
flights and allow shipping links across the Taiwan Strait, a
potential hotspot that has long threatened to become a war zone.
2008 Nov 6, Taiwan's President
Ma Ying-jeou made history when he met with a senior Chinese official
as tens of thousands of anti-Beijing protesters brought the island's
capital to a standstill.
2008 Nov 7, In China hundreds
of people clashed with police in the southern city of Shenzhen,
throwing stones and setting fire to a police car after a
motorcyclist died while trying to avoid a checkpoint.
2008 Nov 8, Li Ximing (82),
Beijing's Communist Party boss during the bloody 1989 crackdown on
pro-democracy protests, died.
2008 Nov 9, China announced a
$586 billion stimulus package in its biggest move to stop the global
financial crisis from hitting the world's fourth-largest economy.
2008 Nov 10, Iraq and China
signed the final agreement on a $3 billion deal to develop the Ahdab
oil field south of Baghdad over a 22 year-period.
2008 Nov 12, China launched a
50-day campaign against unlicensed taxis in Beijing.
(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 12, Hong Kong
officials said they had found elevated levels of melamine in fish
feed from China’s Fuzhou Haima Feed Co.
(WSJ, 11/13/08, p.A13)
2008 Nov 13, China signed an
agreement in Geneva to loosen controls on financial news providers
in an out-of-court settlement of a dispute with the US, the EU and
2008 Nov 13, US Federal health
officials slapped a sweeping detention order on dozens of imported
foods from China, from snacks and drinks to chocolates and candies.
The agency said the action was needed as a precaution to keep out
foods contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which can
cause serious kidney problems.
2008 Nov 13, Pakistan announced
that China had offered it a $500 million aid package.
(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 14, In Tibet 18 people
died after a bus overturned in Naqu district..
2008 Nov 15, In eastern China a
subway tunnel under construction collapsed in Hangzhou, trapping
workers and creating a huge crater into which more than 10 vehicles
plunged. At least 7 people died and 14 were missing.
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/17/08)
2008 Nov 17, In northwest China
a crowd of 1,000 people stormed a local Communist Party
headquarters, smashing cars and clashing with police following a
land dispute. The protesting began with just a small group of people
complaining about the demolition of their homes to make way for a
new road in Longnan city in Gansu province. Police later arrested 30
people for involvement in a two-day violent protest, that had to be
broken up with tear gas after 74 people were injured.
(AP, 11/18/08)(AFP, 11/20/08)
2008 Nov 17, In central China
flood waters trapped workers in a coal mine in Pingdingshan, Henan
province. The next day rescuers saved 33 miners who had been trapped
for 28 hours by an underground flood. One miner died.
(AP, 11/17/08)(AP, 11/18/08)
2008 Nov 18, Belgian brewing
giant InBev announced it had completed the takeover of
Anheuser-Busch to create the world's biggest brewer. Beijing agreed
to Belgium-based InBev SA's takeover of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s
Chinese operations as part of their global merger, but limited
future acquisitions on anti-monopoly grounds.
2008 Nov 19, Chinese President
Hu Jintao promised Cuba at least $78 million in donations, credit
and hurricane relief. Hu also met with a thin-looking Fidel Castro
before leaving for the Asia-Pacific economic summit in Peru. China
agreed to donate $8 million to Cuba and extend the second, $70
million phase of $350 million in previously agreed-upon credit to
renovate Cuban hospitals.
2008 Nov 19, China and Peru
signed a free trade agreement.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.42)
2008 Nov 19, In China Huang
Guangyu, founder and chairman of GOME Electrical Appliances, was
detained for insider trading in shares of Shandong Jintai Group, a
pharmaceutical company controlled by his brother. On Feb 12, 2010,
authorities announced charges of insider trading and bribery.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.69)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.64)
2008 Nov 21, Chinese
authorities destroyed the home of leading rights activist Ni Yulan
in front of her distraught husband who pleaded with the government
to release her from jail. Chen Daojun, a writer and journalist who
was arrested after protesting against a power plant in southwest
China, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of
subverting state power.
2008 Nov 22, The Yellow River
Conservancy Committee reported that one-third of the Yellow River,
which supplies water to millions of people in northern China, is
heavily polluted by industrial waste and unsafe for any use.
2008 Nov 23, In southwest China
men wielding knives and batons attacked employees at an arcade in a
brawl that left five dead and two injured in Chongqing.
2008 Nov 24, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in Greece for a three-day visit timed to coincide
with the signing of a 831.2 million euro ($1 billion) port deal.
2008 Nov 25 Armenia won its
second straight gold medal at the Chess Olympiad in Germany by
defeating China 2.5-1.5 in the 11th and final round.
2008 Nov 26, China executed
Wang Zhendong, a businessman convicted of bilking thousands of
investors out of $416 million in a bogus ant-breeding scheme.
2008 Nov 26, China cut interest
rates by more than a percentage point to 5.58%, the most significant
cut in 11 years, as the economic conditions worsened.
(SFC, 12/9/08, p.A10)(Econ, 11/29/08, p.80)
2008 Nov 28, China executed Wo
Weihan, a scientist accused of passing information to Taiwan,
triggering condemnation from his family and several countries
including the US.
2008 Nov 29, In southern China
about 300 taxi drivers went on strike in Chaozhou, smashing cars and
demanding a crackdown on unlicensed taxis in the latest protest
against illegal taxi competition in China.
2008 Nov 30, Chinese health
authorities and the UN AIDS agency pledged to fight discrimination
against people with the disease in China with the unveiling of a
massive red ribbon, the symbol of AIDS awareness, at the Olympic
Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.
2008 Nov 30, In northern China
a coal mine blast killed 15 miners at the Changlong Coal Mine in
Heilongjiang province. 3 rescuers died the next day in a cave-in.
2008 Nov, China detained Hu
Zhicheng, an American automotive engineer, on accusations he misused
trade secrets. His case was first reported in Dec, 2009, in an
account written under a pen name that appeared on Boxun News.
Zhicheng was released in May, 2010, with no charges filed against
him, but he was not allowed to leave China. On June 3, 2013, word
came that he was finally free to return to his home in southern
(AP, 12/17/09)(AP, 5/14/10)(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A13)
2008 Dec 1, China's Health
Ministry said six babies may have died after consuming tainted milk
powder, up from a previous official toll of three, and announced a
six-fold increase in its tally of infants sickened in the scandal,
to nearly 300,000.
2008 Dec 1, In northern China
11 girls died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a school in Shaanxi
province. A news report said the girls had lit a fire to keep warm.
2008 Dec 4, In eastern
China a fire at the dormitory of a seafood company killed 11 workers
and injured 10 others.
2008 Dec 5, The US and China
pledged to work together to tackle global financial turmoil as they
wrapped up economic talks but left open whether the high-level
dialogue will continue under President-elect Barack Obama.
2008 Dec 5, In southern China
about 100 factory owners and employees held up red protest banners
outside a government building, demanding that officials help them
collect more than $13 million in debts from an electronics factory
that recently closed.
2008 Dec 6, Okay Airways,
China's first private airline, began a planned one-month suspension
of passenger service 10 days early after skittish airports insisted
on cash to refuel its planes. The airline suffered from financial
and management woes.
2008 Dec 7, China protested
strongly to France over President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the
Dalai Lama, calling it a "rude intervention" into Chinese affairs.
2008 Dec 8, In China Liu Xiaobo
(53), a dissident, was detained hours before releasing Charter 08,
the China democracy movement's most comprehensive call yet for
peaceful reform. Liu had cut short a visiting scholar stint at
Columbia University to join the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing
in 1989. He and three other older activists famously persuaded
students to peacefully leave the square hours before the deadly June
2008 Dec 9, In Beijing
delegates from six nations focused on a Chinese proposal on how to
verify North Korea's claims about its atomic program in talks aimed
at ending the secretive regime's nuclear activities.
2008 Dec 9, In China activists
issued a new public call for greater freedoms ahead of the 60th
anniversary of the UN convention on human rights, but police
detained two of the signatories before it was even issued. The
petition known as Charter 08 was issued online and initially signed
by 303 intellectuals. Within a week 5,000 people added their
(AP, 12/9/08)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.42)(Econ, 2/14/09,
2008 Dec 13, Japan, China and
South Korea moved to ward off the effects of the global financial
crunch at a trilateral summit in Japan, while Tokyo and Seoul
criticized North Korea for stalling denuclearization talks.
2008 Dec 15, In China
substances commonly used as industrial dyes, insecticides and drain
cleaners were included on a list of illegal food additives released
as part of a months long government crackdown aimed at improving the
country's shoddy food safety record.
2008 Dec 15, In China the BYD
Co. introduced the F3DB, country’s first homegrown electric vehicle
for the mass market. The sedan was expected to be priced at about
$22,000 and introduced to the US in the second half of 2010.
(WSJ, 12/13/08, p.B2)
2008 Dec 15, Taiwanese
jetliners and cargo ships left for China to open a new era of direct
air and shipping services with the mainland, formally ending a
nearly six-decade ban on regular links between the rivals.
2008 Dec 16, Chinese
agricultural officials ordered the slaughter of some 377,000
chickens after finding the H5N1 bird flu virus in two areas of
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.A14)
2008 Dec 17, In Beijing the
presidents of China and Angola signed a series of agreements as the
oil rich African nation sought greater Chinese participation in its
energy and infrastructure development.
2008 Dec 17, The European
Parliament gave a jailed Chinese dissident a one-minute standing
ovation as it honored him in absentia with its top human rights
2008 Dec 17, An international
anti-piracy force thwarted the attempted takeover of a Chinese cargo
ship off the Somali coast, sending in attack helicopters that fired
on the bandits and forced them to abandon the ship they had boarded.
The Indian navy handed over 23 pirates, caught at sea on Dec 13, to
authorities in Yemen.
2008 Dec 20, China said it will
send two destroyers and a supply vessel to the seas off Somalia to
back international efforts to fight piracy.
2008 Dec 20, The NY Times said
China has blocked access to its Web site, days after the central
government defended its right to censor online content it deems
2008 Dec 22, China’s central
bank announced its 5th interest rate cut in just over 3 months. The
benchmark one year lending rate was cut .27% to 5.31%.
(WSJ, 12/23/08, p.A5)
2008 Dec 24, In China a gas
leak at the Ganglu Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. in Hebei province killed
2008 Dec 25, Chinese state
media reported that 59 people in Tibet have been detained on charges
that they sought to foment unrest by spreading ethnic hatred and by
downloading and selling banned songs from the Internet.
(SFC, 12/26/08, p.A16)
2008 Dec 26, Chinese warships,
armed with special forces, guided missiles and helicopters, set sail
for anti-piracy duty off Somalia, the first time the communist
nation has sent ships on a mission that could involve fighting so
far beyond its territorial waters.
2008 Dec 26, China’s state
media reported that nearly 5,000 higher-level Chinese government
officials were punished for corruption over the past year.
2008 Dec 26, China National
Offshore Oil Corp., the country's largest offshore oil and gas
producer, signed four oil cooperation agreements with Taiwan's CPC
2008 Dec 27, An explosion in
central China's Henan province killed 15 people and injured nine
others. Explosives, used for small-scale demolition, were illegally
stored at a home when they ignited, destroying more than 10
neighboring houses. At least 17 workers were killed and one
seriously injured when an elevator suddenly dropped to the ground at
a construction site in central Hunan province.
2008 Dec 29, Top brass from the
Chinese and Russian armies hailed closer ties in their first-ever
conversation over a newly installed military hot line.
2008 Dec 29, In China 9 people
went on trial in connection with the tainted milk scandal.
This followed the announcement of steps to compensate the
families of hundreds of thousands of children harmed by contaminated
2008 Dec 30, A Chinese
state-run newspaper said the companies, whose tainted milk products
sickened nearly 300,000 children and were blamed in the deaths of
six, will likely pay 1.1 billion yuan ($160 million) in compensation
to victims' families.
2008 Dec 30, China’s state
press said paleontologists in east China have dug up what they
believe is one of the world's largest group of dinosaur fossils
including the remains of an enormous "platypus."
2008 Dec 30, The Bahamas'
foreign affairs minister said China will help build a national
sports stadium. Construction will start early next year in the
capital of Nassau. China will send the Bahamas a $7.3 million grant
as well as Chinese construction workers who will build the stadium.
2008 Dec 31, It was reported
that China has delayed plans to start the central section of its
massive South-to-North water diversion project by 4 years due to
(WSJ, 12/31/08, p.A4)
2008 Dec 31, China’s state-run
Xinhua news agency reported that a pair of Chinese forestry
executives cheated thousands of investors out of 160 million dollars
by selling off "timber lands" in a barren desert region. Chairman
Chen Xianggui of Inner Mongolia's Wanli Afforestation Co. was
sentenced to 11 years in prison by a court in the region while
general manager Liu Yanying received nine years for the pyramid
2008 Dec 31, Tian Wenhua,
former chairwoman of the Sanlu Group, one of China’s biggest dairy
producers, pleaded guilty to selling fake and substandard milk
(SFC, 1/1/09, p.A3)
2008 Dec, Tanganyika Oil was
acquired by a subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.
(Sinopec) for $2 billion.
(Econ, 6/27/09, p.72)
2008 Jasper Becker authored
“City of Heavenly Tranquility: Beijing in the History of China."
(Econ, 8/2/08, p.85)
2008 Leslie Chang, American
journalist, authored “Factory Girls: From Village to City in a
Changing China." This followed her 3 years of reporting on women
workers in Dongguan.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.51)
2008 Chinese journalist Yang
Jisheng authored "Tombstone," a 1,200-page account of the 1958-1961
famine — which he estimated claimed at least 36 million Chinese
lives. In 2016 Jisheng was blocked from traveling to the United
States to accept a Harvard University prize for the book.
2008 Tarun Khanna authored
“Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping The
Futures and Yours."
(Econ, 1/26/08, p.80)
2008 Tubten Khetsun authored
“Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule."
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.93)
2008 James Mann authored “The
China Fantasy: Why Capitalism Will Not Bring Democracy to China."
(Econ, 10/24/09, SR p.14)
2008 The book “The Corpse
Walker: Real Life Stories, China From the Bottom Up" by Liao Yiwu,
Chinese poet, was translated to English by Wen Huang. The book was
banned as soon as it was published in China. Wen had been imprisoned
for 5 years for an epic poem published after the 1989 Tiananmen
(SSFC, 5/18/08, Books p.1)
2008 In China the comedy film
“If You Are the One" became a blockbuster hit.
(Econ, 11/20/10, SR p.12)
2008 China legalized horse
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.66)
2008 Commercial Aircraft
Corporation of China (COMAC) was founded to develop a range of
aircraft. Its first airplane, a regional jet called ARJ21, entered
into service in June 2016.
(Econ, 11/5/16, p.58)
2008 In China Eric Pan founded
Saeed Studio, a Shenzhen contract manufacturer. By 2014 it was one
of the world’s largest manufacturers of open sourced hardware.
(Econ, 1/18/14, p.14)
2008 In China
regulations took effect on open government information (OGI).
(Econ, 5/3/14, p.40)
2008 China became Mozambique's
second-largest investor after neighboring South Africa, pouring 76.8
million dollars (58.6 million euros) into the country.
2008 China became the world’s
largest emitter of carbon dioxide this year as it spewed some 6.5
billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, about 22% of the world’s
(Econ, 4/17/10, p.64)
2008 China executed some 1,700
convicts this year.
(Econ, 1/2/10, p.31)
2008 Russia proposed to China
that both countries dump their holdings of debt issued by lenders
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac so as to exacerbate the US financial
crises and force a bail-out. China declined the offer.
(Econ, 4/19/14, p.22)
2009 Jan 3, In eastern China an
explosion at an illegal fireworks factory killed 13 people in the
city of Weifang in Shandong province. A boy, Zou Chuanshuo (2) was
killed with an ax in Luoyang in Hubei province. The child's
grandmother Zhu Deqing (43) and six others were also killed. On Jan
11 authorities arrested junk collector Xiong Zhenlin (32) in Wuhan,
the capital of Hubei province. He confessed to the murders, which
included a widow who jilted him. A Chinese court sentenced him to
death on Feb 9 for the murders. Zhenlin was executed on april 16 in
the central city of Suizhou.
(AP, 1/4/09)(AP, 2/9/09)(AP, 4/16/09)
2009 Jan 5, China launched a
major crackdown on Internet pornography targeting popular online
portals and major search engines such as Google.
2009 Jan 5, A Chinese woman
(19) died from bird flu in a Beijing hospital, but the World Health
Organization said the case did not appear to signal a new public
2009 Jan 7, In China a court in
Hangzhou, a prosperous city in eastern Zhejiang province, sentenced
Wang Rongqing (65) to 6 years in jail on charges of subverting state
power for organizing the banned China Democracy Party.
2009 Jan 7, Bank of America
Corp. raised more money to cope with US economic turmoil by selling
part of its stake in China Construction Bank Ltd., China's
second-biggest commercial lender, for $2.8 billion.
2009 Jan 12, State media said
China has shut down 91 websites for pornographic and other "vulgar"
content, as well as a political blog portal, since announcing its
latest bid to ensure Internet morality.
2009 Jan 12, In China a
Shanghai distributor of a popular brand of dog food said it had
suspended sales of the product following reports that dogs who ate
it had died from aflatoxin poisoning. This appeared to involve an
imported product, Optima, a brand of dog food made by Nashville,
Tennessee-based Doane Pet Care Co. It was not clear if the pet food
sold in China was the US brand.
2009 Jan 13, China's government
reported that exports fell at their fastest rate in a decade as the
country's trade slump worsened again in December, a decline that's
led to masses of layoffs and growing fears of social unrest.
2009 Jan 15, A police official
said Chinese authorities have detained 13 members of a gang
suspected of kidnapping and selling children, sometimes swooping by
on motorcycles and snatching them in broad daylight. Xinhua News
Agency said Su Tonghua (21) was arrested on Dec. 31. His 12
accomplices were arrested last week.
2009 Jan 18, China’s public
security bureau of Lhasa, Tibet, launched a "strike hard" campaign
against crime, with raids on residential areas, Internet cafes,
bars, rented rooms, hotels and guesthouses.
2009 Jan 19, China warned of a
rising bird flu risk after a second person died of the virus in less
than a month, and said it could be especially dangerous as the
nation headed into the Lunar New Year holiday.
2009 Jan 19, China’s state
media reported that nearly 1,000 people have been caught cheating on
China's notoriously competitive civil service entrance exams, some
with high-tech listening devices in their ears.
2009 Jan 20, In central China a
16-year-old boy infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus died, the
country's third fatality from the disease this month.
2009 Jan 22, Asian economic
gloom worsened when China said growth plunged in the final quarter
of 2008 while Japan said exports fell at a record pace in December
amid weakening Western consumer demand.
2009 Jan 22, A Chinese court
condemned two men to death and gave a dairy boss life in prison in
the first sentences handed down in the tainted milk scandal, which
ignited public anger and accusations of cover-ups.
2009 Jan 24, China announced
the death of a 31-year-old woman from bird flu, its fourth human
victim this year, sparking fears of an outbreak during the country's
main festive season.
2009 Jan 25, In China a Richter
scale 5.0 earthquake hit an area inhabited by the Xibe people. It
destroyed nearly 200 homes and damaged nearly 3,000 buildings. The
community, originally from Manchuria, had established a frontier
garrison in Xinjiang during the Qing dynasty.
2009 Jan 26, China greeted the
arrival of the Year of the Ox with fireworks and celebrations,
bidding farewell to a tumultuous 2008 marked by a massive
earthquake, the Olympics, and a global economic crisis.
2009 Jan 26, China’s state
media reported that an 18-year-old man has died from bird flu in
southern China, the fifth human death from the virus in the country
2009 Jan 28, China’s state
media said at least 81 people have been detained as the country
launched a security sweep in Tibet ahead of one of the region's most
sensitive anniversaries in years.
2009 Jan 28, In Switzerland
some 2,500 business and political leaders met at Davos for the World
Economic Forum, as the worst financial crisis since the Great
Depression served to mute the enthusiasm of previous years. China’s
Premier Wen Jiabao and Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin blamed the US-led
financial system for the global economic slump.
(AP, 1/28/09)(WSJ, 1/29/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 31, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao arrived in London in the latest leg of a European tour
aimed at tackling the global financial and economic crisis and
improving relations between the trading partners.
2009 Jan 31, In southern China
revelers celebrating a birthday set off fireworks just before
midnight inside a bar, triggering a blaze that killed 15 people and
2009 Jan, In Ethiopia an
inauguration ceremony was held for the new headquarters of the
53-member AU. Completion was expected December 2011. The structure,
a gift to the AU, was designed by China, managed by China, financed
by China and constructed by China.
2009 Feb 2, A Chinese official
said an estimated 26 million desperately poor rural Chinese are
jobless after pinning their hopes on factory jobs that dried up due
to the global economic slowdown, noting that widespread unemployment
could threaten the country's social stability.
2009 Feb 2, In England a
protester hurled abuse and then a shoe at China's Premier Wen Jiabao
as he delivered a speech on the global economy at Cambridge
2009 Feb 4, Gao Zhisheng, one
of China's most daring lawyers, was arrested. In Jan, 2010, the
Beijing police officer who took Gao away said he "went missing" in
September, leading to fears for the lawyer's safety. On Jan 21,
2010, a Foreign Ministry official said Zhisheng has been judged by
legal authorities and "is where he should be." This was China's
first public comment on the case. Zhisheng resurfaced in northern
China on March 28, 2010, saying he wants spend time with family and
away from media attention. Gao described his ordeal to The
Associated Press in April and disappeared again 2 weeks later.
(AP, 1/22/10)(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A3)(AP, 1/10/11)
2009 Feb 5, China declared an
emergency in eight provinces suffering a serious drought that has
left nearly 4 million people without proper drinking water and is
threatening millions of acres of crops. The government published a
plan for the relocation and urbanization of farmers living near the
Three Gorges Reservoir. Some 1.4 million farmers would have to move
(AP, 2/5/09)(WSJ, 2/7/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 6, It was reported
that Canada has granted Lai Changxing a work permit. Chinese
authorities have accused Lai Changxing of masterminding a network
that smuggled as much as $10 billion of goods with the protection of
corrupt government officials. Before fleeing to Canada in 1999, Lai
lived a life of luxury in China complete with a mansion and a
2009 Feb 8, China’s government
said that there was no end in sight for its worst drought in five
decades. Some 4.4 million people lacked adequate drinking water in
the north as winter wheat withered.
(SFC, 2/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 9, In Beijing, China,
the tower of a nearly completed skyscraper was destroyed by a fire
believed to have ignited by a fireworks display marking the end of
the Lunar New Year celebrations. It was part of the new headquarters
for China Central Television (CCTV). In 2010 a Beijing court
sentenced 20 people to up to seven years in prison over the deadly
fire at CCTV's iconic headquarters.
(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A6)(AP, 5/10/10)
2009 Feb 12, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in Mali at the start of a four-country African
tour which Beijing insists is about strengthening cooperation and
not solely for economic gain.
2009 Feb 12, Local officials
confirmed that swaths of western China that have large Tibetan
populations have been declared off limits to foreign visitors, ahead
of the politically sensitive 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan
2009 Feb 12, The Aluminum
Corporation of China (Chinalco) announced that it would invest $19.5
billion in Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto. In June it was reported
that Chinalco would not complete the deal.
(Econ, 2/14/09, p.73)(AFP, 6/4/09)
2009 Feb 13, State media
reported that China plans to create a blacklist of journalists who
break its reporting rules, adding to an array of controls used to
restrict its domestic media.
2009 Feb 13, The World Bank
said it will provide a $710 million loan to China to help rebuild
areas hit by last year's devastating Sichuan earthquake.
2009 Feb 14, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao toured the site of a new, Chinese-financed national theater
in Senegal, a day after signing a bilateral agreement promising the
West African nation over $90 million in gifts and loans.
2009 Feb 15, China and Tanzania
signed cooperation agreements worth millions of dollars during a
visit by President Hu Jintao to this east African country aimed to
2009 Feb 15, Shots from a
Russian naval vessel sank the Chinese-owned cargo ship the New Star
off Russia's east coast. 8 the 16 crew members on board were killed.
The Sierra Leone-flagged, Chinese-owned vessel New Star had earlier
fled the Russian port of Nakhodka where it had been impounded for
2009 Feb 16, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Mauritius to sign deals worth more than 270
million dollars to fund infrastructure projects on the Indian Ocean
island. The next day he pledged continued aid to Africa
despite his country's economic downturn, and wrapped up a
four-nation visit to the continent.
2009 Feb 17, China and Russia
signed a $25 billion energy deal in Beijing that will see the Asian
country secure oil supplies from Moscow for the next 20 years in
return for loans.
2009 Feb 18, A Chinese state
news agency said AIDS was the top killer among infectious diseases
in China for the first time last year, with 6,897 people dying in
the nine months through September.
2009 Feb 20, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese
leaders after vowing not to let human rights block progress on the
global economic crisis, climate change and security.
2009 Feb 20, Chinese
authorities closed a chemical plant being investigated for
contaminating water supplies to 1.5 million people in the country's
east. Water supplies were restored after a five-hour shutdown.
Biaoxin Chemical Company caused "massive" tap water pollution in
Yancheng, a city in east Jiangsu province. Investigators identified
the pollutant as a phenol compound used to make products including
air fresheners, medical ointments, cosmetics and sunscreens.
2009 Feb 22, In northern China
a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine outside Taiyuan, capital
of the main coal-producing province of Shanxi, killing at least 77
miners and trapping dozens in the deadliest Chinese coal mine
accident in more than a year.
(AFP, 2/22/09)(AP, 2/25/09)
2009 Feb 23, China’s state
media said pig organs contaminated by a banned animal feed additive
have been blamed for sickening at least 70 people in southern China.
The pig organs tainted by the steroid clenbuterol were sold last
week in markets in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.
Another 14 cases in Guangzhou were reported on Feb 25.
(AP, 2/23/09)(AP, 2/26/09)
2009 Feb 24, Tour agencies and
other industry people reported that China has closed Tibet to
foreign tourists ahead of next month's highly sensitive 50th
anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
2009 Feb 24, China’s state
media reported that a Chinese delegation will buy as much as $15
billion worth of machinery, automobiles and food products while on a
trip to Europe.
(WSJ, 2/25/09, p.A11)
2009 Feb 25, Russian news
agencies quoted Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky as saying
that his office has exposed an attempt by military officers to
smuggle $18 million worth of stolen Russian weapons to China via
2009 Feb 25, Danish and Chinese
warships stopped pirates attacking two different vessels off
2009 Feb 25, In Paris an
auction of art works owned by the late fashion designer Yves Saint
Laurent concluded with dazzling sales of nearly $500 million. Two
rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China nearly 150 years
ago and demanded back by Beijing, sold for millions. The Chinese
businessman, who bid $15.1 million, later refused payment.
(AP, 2/26/09)(Econ, 3/7/09, p.92)
2009 Feb 27, In China US Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney began talks with a
delegation led by Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua, the Chinese Defense
Ministry's head of foreign affairs, marked a resumption of military
consultations after a half-year suspension.
2009 Feb 27, A Tibetan monk, in
his late 20s, was shot after dousing himself with petrol and setting
himself alight in the Tibetan-populated town of Aba in China's
Sichuan province. Police put out the fire, and the man was taken to
hospital with burn injuries to his neck and head.
2009 Feb 28, China's
legislature enacted a tough new food safety law, promising tougher
penalties for makers of tainted products in the wake of scandals
that exposed serious flaws in monitoring of the nation's food
2009 Feb, China extended
nationwide a program of government financed discounts for household
appliances. The program had been due to end in 2008, but was
extended to 9 provinces in December and was now expected to continue
for 4 years.
(Econ, 2/21/09, p.44)
2009 Feb, Chinese authorities
started using fish to try to clean up Lake Taihu when they released
10 million mostly green and silver carp into the water, after the
algae tainted the drinking supply of millions of residents. In 2010
authorities planned to release 20 million more algae-eating fish
into the scenic lake ravaged by pollution.
2009 Mar 1, China's lunar
probe, the Chang'e-1, named for a moon goddess, ended its
16-month life with a planned crash into the moon.
2009 Mar 1, Scores of Tibetan
monks in southwestern China marched in protest over the banning of a
prayer service, the latest incident in an apparent increase in acts
of defiance against Chinese rule ahead of sensitive anniversaries.
2009 Mar 2, A Chinese man said
he was the mystery collector behind winning bids for two imperial
bronzes auctioned last week at Christie's over Beijing's objections,
and that he made the bogus offers to protest any sale of the looted
relics. The sculptures disappeared from the Summer Palace on the
outskirts of Beijing when French and British forces sacked and
burned it at the end of the second Opium War in 1860. The sculptures
date to the early Qing Dynasty, established by invading Manchu
tribesmen in 1644. The Christie's catalog said they were made for
the Zodiac fountain at the imperial palace.
2009 Mar 2, In China a top
justice official said courts will accept the cases of hundreds of
families with children sickened in last year's tainted milk scandal.
2009 Mar 4, In central China
more than 2,000 people displaced by construction of the Three Gorges
Dam clashed with police during a protest over missing resettlement
payments, leaving 30 protesters injured.
2009 Mar 5, China fleshed out
an ambitious expansion in government spending designed to prevent
the sinking global economy from further dragging down the country's
recently buoyant growth and sparking unrest among laid-off workers
and poorer Chinese.
2009 Mar 6, A senior employee
of Taiwan's presidential office was indicted on charges of providing
classified information to rival China. Wang Jen-bing was charged
with violating the national security law by leaking documents
gathered during the last three years of former President Chen
Shui-bian's eight-year tenure. Chen Pin-jen, a legislative aid, was
indicted on similar charges.
2009 Mar 9, China's President
Hu Jintao ordered a "Great Wall" against Tibetan separatism, as
extra soldiers were deployed to the Himalayan region on the 50th
anniversary of a failed anti-Chinese uprising. Homemade bombs
damaged police vehicles in a Tibetan part of western China.
Authorities expanded a security cordon across the restive region
ahead of the 50th anniversary of a failed revolt that sent the Dalai
Lama into exile.
(AFP, 3/9/09)(AP, 3/9/09)
2009 Mar 9, Chinese ships
surrounded and harassed a Navy mapping ship in international waters
off China, at one point coming within 25 feet of the American boat
and strewing debris in its path. The Obama administration said it
would continue naval operations in the South China Sea, most of
which China considers its territory, and protested to China about
what it called reckless behavior that endangered lives. China held
that the USNS Impeccable was operating illegally inside its 200-mile
exclusive economic zone.
(AP, 3/10/09)(WSJ, 3/11/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 10, Tibetans and their
supporters rallied across the Asia-Pacific region demanding an end
to Chinese rule in their homeland on the 50th anniversary of the
Dalai Lama being forced into exile. Paramilitary police and soldiers
swarmed cities and villages in Tibet and restive western China, on
the alert for possible unrest. The Dalai Lama said Tibet had become
"hell on earth" under Beijing's control.
2009 Mar 10, The Philippine
president signed a law affirming sovereignty over islands also
claimed by China and Vietnam, sparking protests over the control of
strategic South China Sea islands. The Chinese Embassy issued a
statement expressing its "strong opposition and solemn protest" over
the signing of the law.
2009 Mar 11, In eastern China
11 people were killed and 20 were injured after a blast led to the
collapse of a former factory that was housing railway workers.
Preliminary investigations revealed the collapse was triggered when
leftover aluminium powder in the building in Danyang city, Jiangsu
province ignited and exploded just after midnight.
2009 Mar 12, China announced
plans to assist millions of unemployed migrant workers with
increases in grain subsidies and rural infrastructure projects.
2009 Mar 13, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao said Beijing is willing to hold talks with the Dalai Lama
if Tibet's exiled spiritual leader abandons his separatist cause, as
he defended his government's hard-line policies toward the region.
2009 Mar 14, Iran’s state TV
said Iran and China have signed a $3.2 billion gas deal to produce
more than 10 tons of liquid natural gas.
2009 Mar 16, The Vatican said
it will launch a Chinese version of its website on March 19 in an
effort to bring more of Pope Benedict's message to China, whose
communist government does not allow Catholics to recognize his
2009 Mar 18, The prime
ministers of China and North Korea discussed the nuclear situation
on the Korean peninsula as they met in Beijing amid rising tensions
over Pyongyang's atomic and missile programs.
2009 Mar 20, China said a new
WTO report rejected the majority of intellectual property complaints
made by the US and broadly backed Beijing's stance against
2009 Mar 21, In northwestern
China hundreds of Tibetans attacked a police station and government
officials despite heightened security, prompting the arrests the
next day of nearly 100 monks. The protest appeared to be in response
to the disappearance of a Tibetan who escaped from police custody in
2009 Mar 22, In South Africa
the Sunday Independent said the Chinese embassy in South Africa had
confirmed its government had appealed to South Africa not to allow
the Dalai Lama into the country for a peace conference on march 27.
Archbishop Tutu threatened to pull out of the meeting and to demand
an explanation from the authorities.
2009 Mar 23, Gov. Zhou
Xiaochuan, Chinese central bank governor, called for a new global
currency controlled by the International Monetary Fund, stepping up
pressure ahead of a London summit of global leaders for changes to a
financial system dominated by the US dollar and Western governments.
2009 Mar 23, A northern Chinese
court accepted a compensation suit against the dairy at the heart of
China's tainted milk scandal, the first court to do so.
2009 Mar 23, In southwest China
the ceiling at a chemical plant collapsed, killing 11 workers and
leaving one person trapped under rubble. A potentially lethal
radioactive material was lost after the 53-year-old Shaanxi Qinling
Cement Co. was torn down in the Tongchuan city in Shaanxi province.
Officials on March 27 said the material had been recovered.
(AP, 3/23/09)(AP, 3/27/09)
2009 Mar 25, China’s state
media said forestry officials in far western China have resorted to
scattering abortion pills near gerbil burrows in a bid to halt a
rodent plague threatening the desert region's fragile ecosystem.
2009 Mar 25, Australia PM Kevin
Rudd visited the US and urged Americans not to view China as an
enemy but as a country offering huge economic opportunities, even
though its leaders have "done some bad things in the past."
2009 Mar 26, In Ganzi, China, a
predominantly Tibetan prefecture in Sichuan province, Phuntsok
Rabten (27), a Tibetan Buddhist monk of Draggo monastery, was found
dead. He had called for protests against Chinese authorities. He had
fled on a motorcycle after police in a van discovered him
distributing flyers urging Tibetans to leave their farming plots
2009 Mar 27, Chinese health
officials said that hand, foot and mouth disease has sickened 41,000
people across the country and killed 18 children so far this year.
2009 Mar 27, In China a minibus
collided with two trucks and a bus tumbled into a mountain gorge in
two unrelated crashes, killing a total of 37 people.
2009 Mar 28, Tibetans rallied
against the China’s new holiday, Serfs Liberation Day, on the 50th
anniversary of Beijing’s crushing of a Tibetan uprising that led to
the Dalai lama’s exile.
2009 Mar 29, Canadian
researchers said a shadowy cyber-espionage network based mostly in
China has infiltrated secret government and private computers around
the world, including those of the Dalai Lama. They said the network,
known as GhostNet, had infected 1,295 computers in 103 countries and
penetrated systems containing sensitive information in top
political, economic and media offices.
2009 Mar 30, Banking officials
meeting in Colombia said Argentina and China have tentatively agreed
to swap $10 billion worth of their currencies to enable South
America's second-largest economy to avoid using dollars in trade
between the nations.
2009 Mar 31, In China and
official said police have arrested nine people and revoked the
license of a livestock market owner in a case involving pork tainted
with a chemical that made 70 people sick in Guangzhou, southern
China's biggest city. Investigators determined the pork was tainted
with clenbuterol and ractopamine, banned chemicals used to make
animals develop more muscle and less fat.
2009 Apr 1, In London
Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama said Russia and the
United States will pursue a new deal to cut nuclear warheads, making
good on a pledge to rebuild relations from a post-Cold War low. The
US and China agreed to establish a "strategic and economic dialogue"
group that would first meet in Washington later this year.
2009 Apr 5, State media said
China has reopened Tibet to foreign tourists almost two months after
imposing a ban ahead of politically sensitive anniversaries.
2009 Apr 6, China announced it
will make improved health care services available to all its
citizens by 2020, taking aim at a system long derided as creaking
2009 Apr 8, In China visiting
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the world's center of gravity
has moved to Beijing, as he focused on boosting Chinese oil
2009 Apr 8, China said that it
would build a clinic in each of its nearly 700,000 villages within
three years, part of a sweeping 850 billion yuan ($124 billion)
investment in health care reform.
2009 Apr 8, China's state media
said a court in Tibet has sentenced two people to death over riots
in Lhasa last year, in what was the harshest sentence yet reported
over the deadly unrest. Xinhua said the crimes committed by the five
defendants resulted in seven deaths and the destruction of five
shops in Lhasa.
2009 Apr 9, A Chinese court
executed two men from a Muslim minority group for killing 17 police
in an attack in China's far west that the government portrayed as an
attempt to sabotage the Beijing Olympics.
2009 Apr 10, About 30
protesters tried to force their way into China's elite Peking
University to confront Sun Dongdong, a law professor, who said 99
percent of the people petitioning the government with grievances are
mentally ill and could be institutionalized.
2009 Apr 10, A study was
released saying China has 32 million more young men than young
women, a gender gap that could lead to increasing crime, because
parents facing strict birth limits abort female fetuses to have a
2009 Apr 12, China announced a
$10 billion infrastructure fund and $15 billion in credits and loans
to help its Southeast Asian neighbors face the global financial
(WSJ, 4/13/09, p.A9)
2009 Apr 13, China released its
first human rights action plan, pledging to improve the treatment of
minorities and do more to prevent the torture of detainees but said
that raising living standards would remain a central goal.
2009 Apr 14, In southern China
hundreds of workers at a textile factory blocked roads, in a second
day of protests over unpaid wages.
2009 Apr 15, China fired into
orbit its second satellite in a program to build an alternative to
the global positioning system based on U.S. satellites.
2009 Apr 17, In central China a
warehouse explosion reportedly killed 18 people and injured three at
an illegal coal mine in Hunan province. State television reported
that six people were injured in the blast with 2 missing.
2009 Apr 19, The Shanghai Motor
Show opened. Porsche kicked off the show by unveiling the Panamera,
the German luxury carmaker's first foray into the sedan segment.
2009 Apr 20, In China a new
English-language paper published by the Communist Party hit
newsstands, part of Beijing's efforts to raise its profile on the
global stage and find an international audience for the party line.
2009 Apr 20, At the Shanghai
Motor Show Rolls Royce CEO Tom Purves announced that the company's
new model would be called Ghost.
(http://tinyurl.com/dfqycq)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.66)
2009 Apr 21, In China three
people were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for deadly arson
attacks during last year's rioting in the Tibetan capital.
2009 Apr 22, The film “City of
Life and Death," written and directed by Chuan Lu, opened in China.
It depicted the 1937 Japanese assault on Nanjing.
2009 Apr 24, China enacted a
new postal law propping up its China Post monopoly. It imposed new
rules on small domestic companies and severely limited the
activities of foreign owned firms.
(Econ, 5/2/09, p.65)
2009 Apr 26, Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi wrapped up a regional Middle East visit in
Damascus saying Israel should return the Golan Heights to Syria.
2009 Apr 28, In eastern China
police freed a total of 32 people in a raid on kilns located on the
outskirts of the city of Jieshou in Anhui province. Police later
arrested 10 men for allegedly enslaving mentally handicapped people
who were forced to work at brick kilns and endure beatings.
2009 Apr 29, The prime
ministers of China and Japan pledged to lay a stronger foundation
for cooperation between the historic Asian rivals amid global
economic and health crises.
2009 Apr 29, Taiwan said it had
persuaded China to allow it to participate in a key UN body,
offering a victory for President Ma Ying-jeou's campaign to win
greater international recognition for the democratic island. China
confirmed that Taiwan will attend next month's meeting of the World
Health Assembly in Geneva as an observer.
2009 Apr 29, China Mobile said
it would buy 12% of Far EasTone Telecommunications, a big Taiwanese
(Econ, 5/9/09, p.65)
2009 Apr 30, In Beijing Japan’s
PM Taro Aso called for Tokyo and Beijing to unite in facing the
world's environmental and economic challenges, while playing down
concerns over China's military power.
2009 Apr 30, Chinese state
media reported that China has reopened its land border to tourists
traveling to North Korea after a three-year break, with a group of
71 tourists visiting the isolated country earlier this week on a one
day tour of Sinuiju.
2009 May 3, China tightened
visa rules for citizens from the US, which has reported the second
highest number of swine flu cases in the world.
2009 May 5, China said it has
given 10 million dollars (7.5 million euros) to Zimbabwe, half of it
directly into the state coffers, to help boost the country's
2009 May 5, In central China
more than 1,000 villagers clashed with police following a land
dispute with construction workers that left one person dead.
Protests continued into the next day.
2009 May 10, In China Deng
Yujiao (21), a karaoke bar waitress, turned herself in shortly after
allegedly using a fruit knife to stab Deng Guida (43), who ran a
local government office for business promotion. She had also
attacked his colleague Huang Dezhi at Badong's Xiongfeng Hotel after
they tried to force her into having sex. On May 22 the local
government in the central city of Badong posted a statement online
promising her fair treatment. On May 31 the government announced
that the two surviving officials had been sacked. On June 16 Yujiao
(AP, 5/22/09)(Econ, 6/6/09, p.40)(AP, 6/16/09)
2009 May 12, The US won a seat
on the UN Human Rights Council for the first time along with Cuba,
Saudi Arabia, China and Russia, four countries accused of serious
human rights violations.
(SFC, 5/13/09, p.A2)
2009 May 15, Microsoft Corp.
announced a 3-year partnership aimed at helping make the eastern
Chinese city of Hangzhou a model for innovation and protection of
intellectual property, in the company's latest attempt to combat
rampant software piracy.
2009 May 18, In China a
government spokesman said a sex theme park that featured explicit
exhibits of genitalia and sexual culture is being demolished before
it can even open. The park, christened "Love Land" by its owners,
went under the wrecking ball over the weekend in the southwestern
city of Chongqing.
2009 May 19, China’s government
Web site said Liu Youjun (46), a senior official in southern
Guangdong province, has been detained in an apparent corruption
sweep that has already targeted other major figures in the wealthy
region on the cutting-edge of China's economic reforms.
2009 May 19, China and Brazil
signed a raft of agreements in Beijing including a $10 billion loan
for the South American country's state energy company and a deal to
send oil to China amid stronger ties between the two developing
2009 May 20, EU and Chinese
leaders met in Prague to tackle the economic crisis and turn the
page on tensions over the Dalai Lama. Lingering differences cast a
shadow over the talks.
2009 May 30, In southwest China
25 miners were killed and 20 trapped by a gas explosion at the
Tonghua Coal Mine in Anwen town, Chongqing municipality.
2009 May 31, In Beijing US
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, aiming to persuade China that
its US investments were safe, pledged that the Obama administration
was firmly committed to ratcheting down huge deficits as quickly as
it can once economic recovery is assured.
2009 Jun 1, In China US
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reassured the Chinese government
that its huge holdings of dollar assets are safe and reaffirmed his
faith in a strong US currency.
2009 Jun 1, China's special
envoy to Darfur met with Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir and
pledged three million dollars in humanitarian aid for the volatile
region. Liu Guijin "greeted the president for the beginning of talks
in Doha between the JEM and the government."
2009 Jun 2, GM struck a
tentative deal to sell its Hummer brand to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong
Heavy Industrial Machinery Co.
(SFC, 6/3/09, p.C2)
2009 Jun 3, In China foreign
journalists were barred from Beijing's Tiananmen Square as an
Internet clampdown that blocked Twitter expanded to include more
blogs on the eve of the 20th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on
2009 Jun 3, In central China a
storm with gale-force winds killed 20 people and seriously injured
117 as it swept through Shangqiu and Kaifeng in Henan province.
2009 Jun 4, China aggressively
deterred dissent in Beijing on the 20th anniversary of the crackdown
on democracy activists in Tiananmen Square. But tens of thousands
turned out for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to mourn the many
demonstrators who were killed.
2009 Jun 5, In southwestern
China at least 26 people were buried when part of a mountain
collapsed in a massive landslide in a remote area of Wulong county
in Chongqing municipality. 74 people were missing, including 47
workers at an iron ore mine, 21 local residents, two telecom company
workers and four passers-by. 27 people died and dozens were hurt
when a packed commuter bus burst into flames and was destroyed
within minutes during the morning rush hour in the southwestern city
of Chengdu. Police later said a 62-year-old unemployed man set the
fire after carrying a bucket of gasoline onto the bus.
(AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009 Jun 6, Chinese rescuers
found the body of Jonny Copp, an American mountain climber,
following an avalanche in an isolated part of southwestern China.
Wade Johnson (24) of Arden Hills, Minnesota, and Micah Dash and
Jonny Copp of Boulder, Colo., were last heard from May 20 at the
base camp of Mount Edgar, a peak of Mount Gongga. Johnson’s body was
recovered on June 8.
(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 6/8/09)
2009 Jun 6, It was reported
that Chinese aid to Myanmar totaled some $400 million over the past
five years. US aid to Myanmar was said to be worth $12 million a
(Econ, 6/6/09, p.59)
2009 Jun 6, Turkmenistan state
media reported that China will lend the energy-rich country $3
billion to develop its vast South Yolotan natural gas field.
2009 Jun 7, China and Japan
pledged to throw their combined weight behind efforts to revive the
struggling world economy after talks aimed at boosting trade between
the two powers.
2009 Jun 8, The Wall Street
Journal reported that China will require all personal computers sold
in the country from July 1 to come with software that blocks access
to certain websites. The program aimed to prevent the spread of
pornography and other "unhealthy" content. On June 16 the government
backed away from the order required use of installation of the Green
Dam Youth Escort software, but the software would come pre-installed
or included with all PCs sold on the mainland as of July 1.
(AFP, 6/8/09)(AP, 6/9/09)(SFC, 6/17/09, p.C3)
2009 Jun 10, a Chinese
submarine collided with an underwater sonar apparatus towed by a US
destroyer near Subic Bay, off the coast of the Philippines.
Officials later said the collision with the sonar array connected to
the USS John S. McCain probably occurred due to a misjudgment of
2009 Jun 13, In China a
colorful show of drag queens dressed in Chinese opera costumes was
one of the festivities that marked Shanghai's gay pride, the first
in China where homosexuality remains largely hidden.
2009 Jun 15, Nigerian Petroleum
Development Company (NPDC) and China's state oil firm SIPEC said
they have discovered crude oil in Niger Delta region.
2009 Jun 16, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao announced a $10 billion loan to the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization, founded in 2001. The SCO grouped China, Russia,
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
(http://tinyurl.com/pr5v65j)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.51)
2009 Jun 17, China and Russia
expressed serious concern about tension on the Korean peninsula and,
in the face of North Korea's rhetoric, joined international pressure
for it to return to nuclear talks.
2009 Jun 17, In China’s Hubei
province, the body of Tu Yuangao (24) was found in front of the
Shishou city hotel. Xinhua News later said that Tu worked as a chef
at the hotel and some believed he was killed by gangsters or by the
hotel's boss, who is related to the city mayor. The Communist Party
boss of Shishou and head of law enforcement were dismissed on July
25 for mishandling the violent protests that followed Yuangao’s
(AP, 6/21/09)(AP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jun 17, In China 16 miners
became stuck when the Xinqiao Coal Mine flooded in Henan province. 3
of the men were rescued on July 12.
2009 Jun 18, China's Internet
watchdog condemned the Chinese-language version of Google for
"disseminating pornographic and vulgar information."
2009 Jun 18, China angrily
denounced the recent approval by the Asian Development Bank of a
2.9-billion-dollar funding plan for India, saying the scheme
encroached on a territorial dispute between the Asian giants. China
was particularly concerned about a 60-million-dollar watershed
protection project in the Arunachal Pradesh region, where much of
China and India's territorial dispute is centered.
2009 Jun 19, Google Inc. said
that it was working to block pornography reaching users of its
Chinese service after a mainland watchdog found the search engine
turned up large numbers of links to obscene and vulgar sites.
2009 Jun 20, In central China
hundreds of baton-wielding police dispersed protesters and cordoned
off a Shishou city hotel after a young man's mysterious death
sparked unrest [see June 17]. In eastern China an explosion at a
factory producing quartz sand killed 16 people and injured dozens in
Fengyang, a county in Anhui province.
2009 Jun 21, In China the
Danish-Swedish comedy “Original," about mental illness, won the best
picture at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival. It also
took the best actor award for lead Sverrir Gudnason.
2009 Jun 23, US Trade
Representative Ron Kirk said the United States is launching a World
Trade Organization case against China over its export restrictions
on raw materials. The EU said it was joining the US in the action,
which follows failure to persuade China to reduce its export tariffs
and raise quotas on materials such as zinc, tin, tungsten and yellow
2009 Jun 25, The EU said it
will give China up to euro50 million ($70 million) to build a carbon
capture and storage plant that will test a technology aimed at
limiting climate change.
2009 Jun 26, Dozens of China's
most prominent writers and scholars called for the release of Liu
Xiaobo (53), a dissident who was arrested on Dec 8, 2008, after
co-authoring a bold manifesto urging civil rights and political
reforms. Xiaobo, who had been held by police at a secret location
for more than six months, was formally arrested this week on
suspicion of "inciting to subvert state power," a charge that
carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail. In southern China
ethnic tensions between workers at a toy factory sparked a brawl
that left two Uighurs dead and 118 injured. Han Chinese workers had
accused Uighurs of rape.
(AP, 6/26/09)(AP, 6/27/09)(Econ, 7/11/09,
2009 Jun 27, In China a nearly
finished 13-story apartment building collapsed in Shanghai killing
one worker. Authorities soon detained nine people in an
investigation into the collapse.
2009 Jun 29, In China two
passenger trains collided in Hunan province in an accident that
killed three people and injured 60 as train cars were derailed and
nearby houses knocked over. In northeastern China one man died after
part of a bridge caved in, sending eight vehicles plunging into the
2009 Jun 29, The European Union
Chamber of Commerce in China urged Beijing to reconsider
implementing a controversial Internet filter, saying it raised
serious concerns about security, privacy and user choice.
2009 Jun 29, In Zimbabwe PM
Morgan Tsvangirai's party boycotted a meeting of the cabinet on the
grounds that it made a mockery of the country's power-sharing deal.
Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe has won 950 million dollars in credit lines
from China, the largest loan secured by the unity government since
it was formed in February.
(AFP, 6/29/09)AFP, 6/30/09)
2009 Jun 30, China postponed a
plan to require personal computer makers to supply
Internet-filtering software, retreating in the face of protests by
Washington and Web surfers hours before it was due to take effect.
2009 Jul 1, Iraq's government
approved a BP-led consortium's offer to develop a giant southern oil
field near Basra, moving forward with the only deal struck during a
disappointing international oil auction. On Oct 16 the Iraqi
government approved the deal by BP and its Chinese partner CNPC to
develop the 17.8 billion barrel Rumaila field, the 2nd largest in
the Middle East. A bombing in Kirkuk killed at least 30 people.
(AP, 7/1/09)(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 10/17/09)(Econ,
2009 Jul 5, In China’s far west
protesters from a Muslim ethnic group clashed with police, with
activists saying police fired shots in the air and used batons to
disperse a crowd that had swelled to nearly 1,000. Over the next few
days some 192 people were killed and over 800 wounded in protests
that roiled Urumqi, the capital of western Xinjiang province. State
media said at least 20 people have died and more than 670,000 had to
be evacuated in China after torrential rain and floods destroyed
houses, damaged roads and caused rivers to overflow.
(AP, 7/5/09)(AFP, 7/5/09)(Time.com, 7/6/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 7, In China mobs of
Han Chinese wielding meat cleavers and clubs and groups of Muslim
Uighur men beat people in the streets of Urumqi, the capital of
Xinjiang region. The government imposed a curfew as it tried to stem
communal violence. The official Xinhua News Agency said that 1,434
suspects had been arrested, and that checkpoints had been set up to
stop rioters from escaping.
2009 Jul 7, The Cameroonian
newspaper Le Jour said five Chinese workers were abducted off the
oil-rich Bakassi peninsula in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.
2009 Jul 8, In China hundreds
of helmeted troops in riot gear swarmed the central square of
Urumqi, capital of western Xinjiang, after ethnic riots left some
192 dead. The city's Communist Party boss promised those behind the
killings would be executed. On July 11 China said 137 of the riot
victims were Han while 46 were Uighurs and one was a Hui, another
Muslim group. Uighurs on the streets of Urumqi, and from exile
activist groups disputed the new figures.
(AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 7/11/09)(AP, 7/15/09)
2009 Jul 8, Australia said
Chinese authorities had detained Stern Hu, Rio Tinto Ltd's top iron
ore negotiator, as well as three other Rio employees on suspicion of
espionage and stealing state secrets, threatening to strain already
2009 Jul 9, In China a 6.0
earthquake rocked Yunnan province, killing one person and destroying
thousands of houses. More than 400,000 people left their homes
following the tremor that left at least one person dead.
2009 Jul 10, In China
boisterous crowds turned up at mosques in riot-hit parts of Urumqi,
ignoring orders canceling Friday prayers due to the ethnic violence
and forcing officials to let them in.
2009 Jul 10, China’s state
media said 4 detained Rio Tinto Ltd. employees are accused of paying
bribes for secret information about China's stance in iron ore price
talks. A Chinese steel executive, also detained along with four Rio
Tinto employees, was being investigated for leaking China's "bottom
line" on iron ore prices. Chinalco denied the move was payback for a
(AP, 7/10/09)(Reuters, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 13, In China police
shot dead two Uighur men and wounded a third on the streets of
Urumqi, where tens of thousands of troops are stationed to restore
calm a week after deadly ethnic riots.
2009 Jul 13, China's Health
Ministry ordered a hospital to stop using electric shock therapy to
cure youths of Internet addiction, saying there was no scientific
evidence it worked.
2009 Jul 15, In China the
former head of oil giant Sinopec was sentenced to death after being
found guilty of corrupt practices over many years, but state press
reported that he will likely not be executed. The Beijing court had
found Chen Tonghai guilty of graft amounting to 195.7 million yuan
(28.8 million dollars) when he served in top Sinopec ranks from 1999
2009 Jul 16, Australia and
China traded warnings over Rio Tinto employees detained for spying,
as the United States urged Beijing to ensure transparency and fair
treatment for staff of foreign companies.
2009 Jul 16, In Taiwan’s
southern city of Kaohsiung, more than 3,000 athletes and staff from
105 countries and territories marched into the World Games Stadium,
a new, eye-catching structure designed by renowned Japanese
architect Toyo Ito. China’s 100-strong delegation boycotted the
opening ceremony of the World Games in Taiwan, underscoring the
limits of the historic breakthrough in relations between Taipei and
2009 Jul 17, In China
government officials in Beijing descended on the Open Constitution
Initiative (OCI), a public interest lawyer’s group that challenged
abuse and corruption by state and local governments. They took away
almost everything the group owned and tax authorities ordered it to
(Econ, 7/25/09, p.38)
2009 Jul 19, In
Kazakhstan more than 5,000 ethnic Uighurs rallied
in Almaty to protest China's use of deadly force to quash Uighur
protests this month.
2009 Jul 20, Algeria’s Ministry
of Transport said the Chinese civil engineering group CCECC has won
3 contracts worth a total of 1.46 billion euros to build railways in
2009 Jul 21, Several Chinese
Internet sites and parts of popular Web portals went offline amid
tightening controls that have already left mainland Web users
without access to Facebook, Twitter and other well-known social
2009 Jul 23, Chinese
researchers reported that they have produced living mice from
connective tissue cells induced to revert to their embryonic state.
(SFC, 7/24/09, p.A11)
2009 Jul 23, In China female
panda You You (pronounced Yo Yo) gave birth to the new cub at the
Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in southwestern Sichuan. This was
the first successful birth of a panda cub from artificial
insemination using frozen sperm, giving a new option for the
notoriously poor breeders.
2009 Jul 23, In China a
landslide triggered by heavy rain hit a county in southwestern
Sichuan province, killing at least four people and leaving 53 others
2009 Jul 24, In China some
30,000 steelworkers in Tonghua clashed with police in a protest over
plans to merge their mill with another company. Angry employees of
Tonghua Iron and Steel Group attacked Jianlong Steel general manager
Chen Guojun during the protest and beat him to death.
2009 Jul 25, In eastern China
more than 3,000 villagers of Shipu town, in Zhejiang province,
blocked a highway and clashed with police while protesting alleged
official corruption in a land compensation deal.
2009 Jul 25, Chinese state
television launched an Arabic-language channel beamed to the Middle
East and Africa as part of efforts to expand the communist
government's media influence abroad.
2009 Jul 26, In Macao, China,
Fernando Chui (52), the sole candidate for chief executive in the
former Portuguese colony, was endorsed by a 300-member panel in the
first leadership change since Macao reverted to Chinese rule in
2009 Jul 27, President Barack
Obama in Washington, DC, opened 2 days of high-level talks with
China. Obama called for deeper US-Chinese economic cooperation and
outlined a broad agenda for a positive relationship between two
countries that do not always see eye to eye.
2009 Jul 28, A court in
southwest China accepted the country's first lawsuit filed by an
environmental group against a local government. The All-China
Environmental Federation had filed the suit on behalf of residents
against the local land resources bureau in Qingzhen city in Guizhou
province, which sold land to a drink and ice cream processing plant
they allege is a threat to a scenic lake area.
2009 Jul 29, China’s state
media reported that contaminated drinking water has sickened more
than 2,600 people in northern China, including 59 who were
hospitalized with fevers, diarrhea, stomach aches and vomiting.
2009 Jul 29, In China Xu
Zhiyong (35), prominent legal scholar, was arrested in Beijing. A
week later he was accused of tax evasion. His group had tackled some
of China’s most politically sensitive cases.
2009 Jul 29, The anti-death
penalty group Hands Off Cain said the number of prisoners put to
death worldwide decreased in 2008. At least 5,727 executions were
carried out in 2008, down from 5,851 the year before. China
accounted for at least 5,000 executions, or 87.3$ of the
total, the same estimate as last year.
2009 Jul 30, In China nearly a
thousand villagers gathered at government and police offices in
Zhentou township in Hunan province to highlight what they say is
deadly pollution being discharged from the Xianghe Chemical Factory
in nearby Liuyang city.
2009 Jul, Chinese authorities,
following riots in Xinjiang province, put the province under
electronic lockdown for the next 10 months. Clashes between Uighurs
and Hans left some 200 people dead in Urumqi.
(AP, 9/3/09)(Econ, 4/6/13, SR p.15)(Econ, 8/9/14,
2009 Aug 1, China’s Ziketan
town in Qinghai province was put under collective quarantine when
laboratory tests showed it had been struck by the highly virulent
disease. 2 of its residents had recently died from pneumonic plague,
which spreads through the air, making it easier to contract than
bubonic plague, which requires that a person is bitten by an
infected flea. Its fatality rate was up to 100% if left untreated,
compared with 60% for bubonic plague. The outbreak was first
detected on July 30.
(AFP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/4/09)
2009 Aug 1, Chinese police
detained the head of the Xianghe Chemical Factory and the government
suspended the chief and deputy chief of the city's environment
2009 Aug 2, China reported that
police in the northwest region of Xinjiang have arrested hundreds of
people in connection with disturbances that left at least 197 people
2009 Aug 3, China’s state media
reported that more than 500 villagers in central China have been
found to have high concentrations of a dangerous metal in their
bodies after a series of leaks from the Changsha Xianghe Chemical
Plant in Hunan province's Zhentou township. 509 people were found to
have high concentrations of cadmium and 33 were hospitalized over
2009 Aug 4, China’s state media
reported that police have formally arrested 83 people on charges
including murder and arson in connection with last month's deadly
rioting in the western region of Xinjiang.
2009 Aug 4, In northern China
an unfinished factory building collapsed as torrential rain hit the
city of Shijiazhuang. 17 people were reported killed.
2009 Aug 7, In China Li Peiying
(60), the former head of Beijing airport's management company, was
executed following his conviction on corruption charges. He was
found guilty in February of accepting almost $4 million in bribes
and embezzling about $12 million in public money since 1995.
2009 Aug 8, In China hundreds
of villagers rioted after news broke about the lead poisoning at the
Wugang Manganese Smelting Plant in Wenping township, central Hunan
province. A crowd of 600 to 700 people overturned four police cars
and smashed a local government sign. China later detained two
factory officials after 1,354 children were reported poisoned by
lead pollution from the manganese processing plant.
2009 Aug 8, Myanmar government
troops seized a weapons factory near the Chinese border after being
informed about it during a ministerial meeting with China on
combating transnational crime. This triggered several days of
clashes with an ethnic militia that sent more than 30,000 refugees
fleeing across the border into China.
2009 Aug 9, Typhoon Morakot
slammed into China's eastern coast, forcing the evacuation of nearly
a million people after earlier lashing Taiwan with torrential rains
that caused the island's worst flooding in 50 years and left dozens
missing and feared dead.
2009 Aug 10, China said that it
has released more than 1,200 detainees held over the unrest in Tibet
last year while more than 700 people are still being held over last
month's riots in Xinjiang. China's police said they have installed
2.75 million surveillance cameras since 2003 and are expanding the
system into the largely neglected countryside.
2009 Aug 11, China formally
arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto
Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of
laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has
strained ties with key trading partner Australia.
2009 Aug 12, China’s state
media reported that authorities in northern China have shut down the
Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co. in Shaanxi province after it was
found to have caused lead poisoning that sickened more than 300
children. Media later reported that 851 children in Changqing
township had tested positive for lead poisoning.
(AP, 8/12/09)(AP, 8/14/09)(AFP, 8/19/09)
2009 Aug 12, The WTO upheld
American complaints that China breaks trade commitments by the way
it regulates the import and distribution of foreign publications,
films and music. The initial complaint was filed in 2007 and was
later joined by the EU, Japan, Australia and others.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 13, Chinese officials
retreated from a plan to install anti-pornography software on every
computer sold, but said Internet cafes, schools and other public
places must use the program.
(SFC, 8/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 16, Chinese
authorities in central Henan province called off the takeover of
Linzhou Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., a state-owned steel plant, after
workers protested and trapped an official in the factory office for
four days, the second time in a month that the country's
steelworkers have rallied to successfully avoid privatization.
2009 Aug 19, Australia
celebrated the biggest trade deal in its history and said it proved
vital ties with China had survived a series of bruising rows. PM
Kevin Rudd said ExxonMobil's 41.3 billion US dollar liquefied
natural gas contract with PetroChina would create up to 6,000 jobs
and pump billions of dollars into the economy. PetroChina ordered
2.25 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year over two
decades from ExxonMobil's share of the still-undeveloped Gorgon
plant off Western Australia.
2009 Aug 23, A Chinese state
news agency reported that a drought in the north has left nearly 5
million people short of drinking water and damaged crops, while dry
weather in the south could cause more shortages.
2009 Aug 24, In China 14
workers were killed in a gas explosion at a coal mine in northern
2009 Aug 25, In China Wang
Yunlong, the head of the legislative committee on agriculture and
rural affairs, told his fellow lawmakers that efforts to stop the
use of "lean meat powder" (clenbuterol) had fallen short in many
areas and called for a "concentrated countrywide effort to bring it
under control." Farmers used the banned drug because it boosted
profits in two ways: It speeds up the growth of animals to get them
to market quicker and creates meat for which consumers are willing
to pay extra.
2009 Aug 26, China’s state
media reported that the majority of transplanted organs in China
come from executed prisoners in a rare disclosure about an industry
often criticized for being opaque and unethical.
2009 Aug 26, In China six
members of an alleged "terror gang" were detained in the suburbs of
the city of Aksu, 675km (420 miles) southwest of Urumqi. The
Ministry of Public Security later said a "large quantity" of
materials and tools needed to make explosive devices was seized.
2009 Aug 27, In Myanmar fresh
fighting erupted between government forces and an armed ethnic group
in the remote northeast, forcing tens of thousands to flee across
the border into China.
2009 Aug 28, In China 15 miners
died after inhaling poisonous gas at the Jicai Graphite Mine near
Chenzhou City in central Hunan province.
2009 Aug 29, Fighting erupted
in northeast Myanmar after days of clashes in which the leader of
ethnic forces said more than 30 government troops had been killed.
Hundreds of ethnic rebels fled clashes in northeastern Myanmar,
surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and
crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes with Myanmar
government troops. The UN and Chinese officials said up to 30,000
civilian refugees have streamed into China to escape the fighting.
(Reuters, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 30, In eastern China
Yu Xiaochun (37) was going home when she was surrounded by five
Wal-Mart employees, four men and one woman, all in their 20s, who
accused her of shoplifting. They fought and Yu fell to the ground
and was taken to a hospital, where she died on Sept. 2. Two
employees, a man surnamed Liu and a man surnamed Yu, were detained
following her death.
2009 Aug 30, The Myanmar junta
ended a news blackout about clashes with ethnic rebels near the
China border, saying three days of fighting killed 26 government
forces and at least eight rebels.
2009 Aug 31, In China a
demonstration occurred when angry villagers from Fujian province's
Fengwei town confronted 2,000 riot police over a wastewater
treatment plant that had fouled local air and water. At least 10
people were injured when the demonstrations turned violent and riot
police fired warning shots.
2009 Aug 31, Thousands of
Myanmar refugees headed home from China as fighting between
government troops and a rebel militia that left more than 30 people
dead appeared to be over.
2009 Aug, In China the Canton
Tower was topped out in Guangzhou. At 1,969 feet it was the world’s
tallest tower. It opened on Sep 30, 2010.
2009 Aug, In China a new
micro-blogging service (Sina Weibo), similar to Twitter, began
operating. Property mogul Pan Shiyi, co-founder of SOHO hina, was
signed on for one of the first 20 accounts.
(Econ, 10/30/10, p.42)(Econ, 4/6/13, SR p.7)
2009 Sep 2, In eastern China a
chemical explosion near Linyi city in Shandong province killed 18
people and injured 10 others.
2009 Sep 2, The IMF said China
is buying the equivalent of $50 billion of the International
Monetary Fund's first bond sale in a move that might boost Beijing's
standing in the Fund and help its quiet campaign to expand the reach
of its tightly controlled currency. Brazil, Russia and India have
also agreed to participate in the $80 billion issue.
2009 Sep 3, Hundreds of Chinese
protested deteriorating public safety after a series of mysterious
syringe attacks further unnerved residents in the western Chinese
city of Urumqi where ethnic rioting in July killed nearly 200
2009 Sep 4, In China security
forces in the far-west city of Urumqi used tear gas to break up
fresh protests, as thousands of Han Chinese demanded better security
after a reported spate of attacks with syringes.
2009 Sep 5, Chinese leaders
removed the Communist Party chief of the restive western city of
Urumqi, trying to appease public anger following sometimes violent
protests this week that the government worries could re-ignite
deadly ethnic rioting. The removal of Li Zhi came amid reports of
police again dispersing crowds outside Urumqi's government offices
using tear gas, and more unconfirmed reports of needle attacks.
2009 Sep 8, In central China's
Henan province an explosion at an illegal coal mine killed 42 miners
and left another 37 men trapped. Elsewhere in Henan province 13
workers were killed in gold mine fire sparked by the severing of
electrical wires in a cave-in.
(AP, 9/8/09)(AP, 9/9/09)
2009 Sep 11, Chinese officials
said mystery needle attacks appeared to spread in China's far
western region as authorities arrested nine new suspects in three
cities. Since last week, more than 500 people in Urumqi have
reported attacks, though only about 100 showed evidence of being
2009 Sep 11, Europe's biggest
automaker Volkswagen said it planned to invest 4.0 billion euros
(5.8 billion dollars) to boost its presence in China over the next
2009 Sep 11, Pres .Obama
slapped punitive tariffs on all car and light truck tires entering
the US from China as the rising tide of imported tires hurt American
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 12, China decried a US
decision to impose added duty on Chinese-made tires, saying the move
sent a dangerous protectionist signal before a G20 summit and could
stoke reactions impeding global recovery. The tire duty was the
first time Washington has applied special "safeguard" provisions
Beijing agreed to before joining the WTO in 2001.
2009 Sep 12, A court in western
China's Xinjiang region sentenced three people to up to 15 years in
prison in the first trials over a series of mysterious syringe
attacks that led to mass protests against the local government. In
eastern China 3 people died and an additional 17 required medical
treatment after they were exposed to bags of a toxic chemical
illegally dumped by a factory in Dongyang.
(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/16/09)
2009 Sep 14, China filed a WTO
complaint over new US tariffs on Chinese tires, stepping up pressure
on Washington in the latest in a series of trade disputes.
2009 Sep 14, China broke ground
on its fourth space center. The new port on the southern island
province of Hainan, slated to go into use in 2013, highlights the
country's soaring space ambitions six years after it sent its first
man into orbit.
2009 Sep 17, Chinese state
media said nine people have been killed and nine others are missing
after Typhoon Koppu roared into the southern province of Guangdong.
A knife-wielding man stabbed two guards to death and wounded 14 near
Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The attacker, a 46-year-old man, was
drunk at the time.
(AP, 9/17/09)(AP, 9/19/09)
2009 Sep 19, In southeastern
China at least 16 people died and 14 were injured after a truck hit
a road maintenance vehicle from behind, sending it off a bridge.
2009 Sep 22, China appealed at
the last minute against a World Trade Organization ruling upholding
parts of a US complaint about Chinese restrictions on imports of
films, books and other audio-visual material.
2009 Sep 23, Ethiopia said its
national electricity company has signed contracts with three Chinese
firms to develop hydro-electric projects and made preliminary
accords for wind power projects.
2009 Sep 25, Authorities in
China's restive northwestern Xinjiang region charged 21 suspects
over deadly July unrest, the first reported criminal charges to
emerge from the violence.
2009 Sep 26, China reported
that medical tests have shown at least 121 children living near a
battery plant in eastern Fujian province are suffering from lead
poisoning, the latest in a recent string of such cases that have
affected hundreds. The government has ordered the Huaqiang Battery
Plant to shut about 10 days ago after local villagers approached the
authorities with test results showing lead poisoning in some
2009 Sep 26, In Spain "City of
Life and Death," Chinese director Lu Chuan's account of the Japanese
occupation of Nanjing in 1937, won top honors at the San Sebastian
2009 Sep 28, Canada’s train
maker Bombardier Transportation says its Chinese joint venture has
been awarded a $4 billion contract to build 80 high-speed trains for
China's railway ministry.
2009 Sep 28, In China foreign
ministers from China, Japan and South Korea pledged to deepen
cooperation on non-proliferation and disarmament, as pressure grew
on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.
2009 Sep 29, China said it has
completed a high-resolution, three-dimensional map of the entire
surface of the moon, in an important step towards a future lunar
2009 Sep 30, China launched a
massive shut-down of bustling central Beijing on the eve of a
spectacular celebration of 60 years of Communist rule, with
authorities determined to leave nothing to chance.
2009 Oct 1, China celebrated 60
years of communist rule with a military parade and elaborate
pageantry on Beijing's Tiananmen Square showcasing the nation's
revival as a global power. China demonstrated its new J-10 fighters
and DF-31 nuclear ICBM.
(AFP, 10/1/09)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.54)
2009 Oct 4, North Korea told
visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao that it was open to bilateral
and multilateral talks on its nuclear programs.
2009 Oct 5, Visiting Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il amid efforts
to bring Pyongyang back to nuclear disarmament talks. China pledged
to strengthen bonds with isolated North Korea, calling their
relationship a boon to peace.
(AFP, 10/5/09)(Reuters, 10/5/09)
2009 Oct 10, China, Japan and
South Korea held a 3-way summit in Beijing.
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.43)
2009 Oct 10, A Chinese court
sentenced a man to death for his role in the June 26 toy factory
brawl that sparked riots in western Xinjiang region that left almost
200 dead. Xinhua News said Xiao Jianhua was given death and Xu Qiqi
was given life in prison on charges of intentionally harming others.
Their names suggest they are members of the Han majority.
2009 Oct 11, Chinese state
media reported that more than 50,000 people in southern Guangdong
province are suffering from water shortages as a spreading drought
has left farmers' fields dry and cracked.
2009 Oct 12, A court in China's
far western Xinjiang region sentenced six men to death for murder
and other crimes committed during ethnic riots that killed nearly
200 people. A seventh man was given life imprisonment.
2009 Oct 12, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin landed in China in an effort to bolster energy,
political and military ties between the former rival nations turned
2009 Oct 13, China and Russia
signed a framework agreement that could see a steady flow of natural
gas to energy-hungry China from its resource-rich neighbor.
2009 Oct 13, China’s Xinhua
state news agency said 968 children in central China have tested
positive for lead poisoning in the latest environmental scandal to
erupt in the nation's smelting industry. Residents in Jiyuan city,
Henan province, had protested over pollution from three local
smelters last month.
2009 Oct 13, Guinea's military
government said it has signed a $7 billion mining agreement with a
Chinese company. Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite,
the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds
and gold. The Hong Kong-based syndicate, China Int’l. Fund or China
Sonangol, transferred $100 million to the cash-strapped junta.
(AP, 10/13/09)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.23)
2009 Oct 14, A security summit
between China, Russia and their Central Asian neighbors wrapped up
in Beijing with vague promises to deepen economic cooperation but no
public mention of regional flashpoints like Afghanistan.
2009 Oct 14, A hot air balloon
crashed in a southern Chinese resort town with dramatic limestone
formations, killing four Dutch tourists.
2009 Oct 15, China’s Premier
Wen Jiabao said that China intends to strengthen its cooperation
with Iran, an indication Beijing would oppose growing calls in the
West for additional sanctions against the Islamic regime for its
2009 Oct 15, A Chinese court
handed out a further three death sentences to people convicted of
violent crimes during ethnic rioting in far western Xinjiang region
in July in which almost 200 people died. The court also sentenced
three defendants to suspended death sentences, which could be
commuted to life sentences in two years. At least two of those
sentenced were Han Chinese. The others all appeared to be Uighurs.
2009 Oct 16, In China former
university professor and judge Guo Quan was sentenced to 10 years in
prison for "subversion of state power" by a court in eastern Jiangsu
2009 Oct 18, China reported
that authorities have started resettling 330,000 people in central
Hubei and Henan provinces to make way for a massive project to
divert water hundreds of miles to cities in its arid north. The
estimated $62 billion water diversion could be nearly three times as
expensive as the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric
2009 Oct 19, Somali pirates
seized a Chinese cargo ship with 25 people onboard.
2009 Oct 20, China executed 2
people for their roles in deadly protests last year in the
Chinese-controlled region of Tibet, the first known executions for
the violence. Lobsang Gyaltsen (28) and Loyak (30), who goes by one
name, were sentenced to death in April on charges relating to
"starting fatal fires."
2009 Oct 21, China and India
put aside a diplomatic spat to sign a five-year agreement in New
Delhi to cooperate on climate change leading up to crucial talks in
2009 Oct 21, A court in
southwest China sentenced six men to death for gang-related crimes
including blackmail and murder, the first convictions in a months
long crackdown that has exposed a major city mired in violent
organized crime. More than 1,544 suspects have been detained in
Chongqing, China's largest municipality, since the gang sweep
started in June, with more than a dozen criminal gangs busted.
2009 Oct 23, Chinese state
media reported that police have arrested 42 alleged members of a
trafficking ring that sold dozens of infants stolen or bought from
their rural parents.
2009 Oct 23, Top US safety
officials met with their Chinese counterparts to discuss complaints
from American homeowners of illness and other damage from suspect
drywall imported from China. Consumer Products Safety Commission
Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said that the two sides were talking about
the issue while they await results of tests on what is causing the
2009 Oct 23, Australia approved
Yanzhou Coal's 3.2 billion US dollar takeover of miner Felix
Resources, its biggest by a Chinese firm, in a breakthrough for the
Asian giant's scramble for commodities.
2009 Oct 24, In China a Belgian
cargo vessel leaked oil into waters at the Caofeidian port in
northeastern Hebei province, after a Chinese ship crashed into it at
a refueling dock.
2009 Oct 29, Chinese officials
agreed to lift the ban on US pork imports they imposed last spring
out of fear of swine flu.
2009 Oct 30, In China a bus
plunged into a valley along a mountainous road in northern Shanxi
province, killing 13 people and injuring at least 40 others.
2009 Oct 31, China's
legislature removed Zhou Ji (63), the country's unpopular education
minister, amid a corruption scandal in a city he used to oversee and
widespread public dissatisfaction with the education system.
2009 Oct 31, Qian Xuesen
(b.1911), a rocket scientist known as the father of China's space
technology program, died in Beijing. Qian left for the US after
winning a scholarship to graduate school in 1936. He studied at MIT
and later at the California Institute of Technology, where he helped
start the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Qian, also known as Tsien
Hsue-shen, was regarded as one of the brightest minds in the new
field of aeronautics before returning to China in 1955, driven out
of the US at the height of anticommunist fervor.
2009 Nov 1, In China a ship
carrying 100 tons of hydrochloric acid sank in the Yangtze river
after colliding with another vessel.
2009 Nov 3, In China a woman
called the "godmother" of a mafia-style gang in the southern city of
Chongqing was sentenced to 18 years in prison for running
underground casinos and bribing government officials.
2009 Nov 4, In China a guard at
an unofficial jail in Beijing pleaded guilty to raping a young
detainee, in a case that has put a spotlight on "black jails" where
a growing number of people seeking justice from the government end
up. The woman (21), from central Anhui province, had been expelled
from college because of poor exam scores and came to Beijing to ask
the government to reinstate her. The woman escaped the "black jail"
with about 50 other detainees after the guard fled following the
alleged rape. On Nov 12 Human Rights Watch said the unofficial black
jails have evolved into a cottage industry and blamed a civil
service evaluation system that penalizes officials if too many of
their people complain to the central government. It was estimated
that some 10,000 people were detained annually.
(AP, 11/5/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 4, It was reported
that China’s central government has approved a proposal for a
Shanghai Disney theme park. Disney hoped to open Shanghai Disneyland
by 2014, at a reported cost of about $3.6bn (£2.17bn).
2009 Nov 5, China’s Xinhua News
Agency said Xu Wei (42), a former gang leader who was the son of
Yushu's former deputy mayor, was executed this week in northern
China after being convicted of murder, kidnapping, and extortion. In
an earlier separate case his father, Xu Fengshan, was sentenced to
death with a reprieve of two years for taking more than 20 million
yuan (2.93 million U.S. dollars) in bribes, and harboring criminal
2009 Nov 6, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao headed to Egypt for a summit with African leaders as Beijing
bids to expand its diplomatic and economic influence on the
2009 Nov 7, China’s PM Wen
Jiaobao sought to reassure the world's Muslims about his country's
goodwill towards them in Cairo, at a time when Beijing is criticized
for the treatment of its own Muslim minority.
2009 Nov 8, At the start of the
two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Egypt China's Premier
Wen Jiabao pledged $10 billion in low interest loans to African
nations over the next three years and said Beijing would cancel the
government debts of some of the poorest of those countries.
2009 Nov 9, China said it had
put to death nine people over deadly ethnic unrest in its
far-western Xinjiang region, the first executions since the rioting
2009 Nov 9, In China Hu Shuli,
the founder and editor of the 11-year-old Caijing financial
magazine, resigned. He had tackled tough subjects and his departure
cast doubts over greater media independence.
(SFC, 11/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 13, China’s Civil
Affairs Ministry said unusually early snow storms in north-central
China have claimed 40 lives, caused thousands of buildings to
collapse and destroyed almost 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of
2009 Nov 14, It was reported
that Chinese officials are being told to dump their mistresses,
avoid hostess bars, and shun extravagances as part of the Communist
party's efforts to clamp down on the corruption that is threatening
its rule and sullying its reputation.
2009 Nov 15, In Singapore
President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia would have
a replacement treaty on reducing nuclear arms ready for approval by
year's end, an announcement designed as an upbeat ending to a summit
with Asia-Pacific leaders. Obama also attended a second summit with
leaders of the 10 southeast Asian countries that make up the ASEAN
group. Obama then arrived in Shanghai, launching a three-day visit
to an important global US partner and his first travels ever in
2009 Nov 16, In Shanghai
President Barack Obama pointedly nudged China to stop censoring
Internet access, offering an animated defense of the tool that
helped him win the White House and suggesting Beijing need not fear
a little criticism.
2009 Nov 17, In Beijing
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao promised a
determined, joint effort to tackle climate change, nuclear
disarmament and other global troubles yet emerged from their first
full-blown summit with scant progress beyond goodwill. Obama also
raised the case of American geologist Xue Feng, who disappeared into
Chinese custody in 2007 under charges of stealing state secrets over
the purchase of a commercial database on the oil industry.
(AP, 11/17/09)(SFC, 11/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 18, China's health
minister said his country is vaccinating 1.5 million people a day
against swine flu, part of a mammoth effort to reach nearly 7
percent of inhabitants of the world's most populous country by
2009 Nov 19, A US congressional
advisory panel said that Chinese spies are aggressively stealing
American secrets to use in building Beijing's military and economic
2009 Nov 21, In northern China
a gas explosion tore through the state-run Xinxing coal mine in
Heilongjiang province, killing at least 107 people with 2 missing.
(AP, 11/21/09)(AP, 11/22/09)(AP, 11/25/09)
2009 Nov 23, A Chinese court
sentenced Web site manager Huang Qi, a veteran dissident, to three
years in prison after he criticized the government's response to the
May, 2008, earthquake that killed about 90,000 people.
(AP, 11/23/09)(Econ, 2/13/10, p.45)
2009 Nov 24, China executed
Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping for their roles in a contaminated milk
powder scandal last year that led to the deaths of at least six
infants and sickened up to 300,000.
2009 Nov 25, A court in
northern China sentenced five leaders of an unauthorized Protestant
church to prison terms of up to 7 years on charges including illegal
assembly. Their arrests stemmed from a Sept. 13 raid by police and
hired security guards on sunrise services held in a dormitory
building by the 50,000-member Linfen Fushan Church in Linfen,
northern Shanxi province.
2009 Nov 25, A Chinese health
official said eight cases of swine flu mutation have been detected
amid longstanding concerns among scientists that the virus could
change into a more dangerous form.
2009 Nov 26, China announced
plans to cut its carbon emissions by up to 45 percent as measured
against its economic output, a commitment from the world's largest
polluter that builds momentum ahead of a widely anticipated climate
conference in Copenhagen next month.
2009 Nov 26, In China 172
miners were underground when an explosion occurred at the Zhenxing
coal mine. 10 miners were killed in the gas explosion.
2009 Nov 27, China and Japan
agreed to conduct their first joint military training exercise, in
the latest sign of warming ties between the Asian neighbors, long
marked by mutual suspicion and spats over a range of issues.
2009 Nov 27, In China Justin
Franchi Solondz, an American man wanted in the US on terrorism
charges, was sentenced in Dali city, Yunnan province, for making
illegal drugs. The FBI office in Seattle listed Solondz among its
"most wanted." Charges in 2006 related to his alleged role in 2001
with the Earth Liberation Front. Solondz was accused of having a
role in the destruction of a horticulture center at the University
of Washington, as well as the destruction of several buildings in
2009 Nov 27, In northeastern
China flooding trapped 16 coal miners in Jilin province.
2009 Nov 28, In China Wu
Xiaoqing (57) hanged himself in his cell using the drawstring from
his underwear five months following his arrest for corruption. The
ex-judge was charged with taking bribes from gangsters.
2009 Nov 28, In China a
Zimbabwe-registered cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff
from Shanghai's main airport, killing 3 American crew members and
injuring 4 others on board.
2009 Dec 1, China’s quarantine
bureau said it has lifted bans on imports of pork products from the
United States, Canada and Mexico, but analysts said the move would
not likely lead to a surge of new imports.
2009 Dec 2, Canadian PM Stephen
Harper arrived in Beijing for what Chinese experts are touting as a
fence-mending trip to repair ties damaged by Ottawa.
2009 Dec 3, A Chinese court
handed down a further five death sentences to people convicted of
murder and other crimes during ethnic rioting in the far western
Xinjiang region in July in which almost 200 people died.
2009 Dec 4, China sentenced
three more people to death for murder and other crimes committed in
riots in the western region of Xinjiang in July.
2009 Dec 4, In China the
file-sharing site BTCHINA, a major source of overseas movies,
television shows and games in the country, was closed. Another site,
VeryCD.com, was down on Dec 9 and a report in the Southern
Metropolis Daily said other file sharing sites would be closed in
the coming days. The closures were said to be a fight against
copyright infringement, but could be seen as another measure aimed
at controlling what content the country's Web users can find online.
2009 Dec 4, GM and its Chinese
partner SAIC announced a joint venture to produce small cars in
(Econ, 12/12/09, p.72)
2009 Dec 7, In China 8 children
died in a crush after someone stumbled while hundreds of children
leaving their evening classes raced down the narrow stairway closest
to their dormitory in Xiangxiang city, Hunan province.
2009 Dec 8, China executed Yang
Yanming, a former securities trader, for embezzlement. He became the
first person in the industry to be put to death, but millions of
yuan remained missing. He was the general manager of the Beijing
securities trading department of the China Great Wall Trust and
Investment Corp., which became Galaxy Securities, from 1997 to 2003.
2009 Dec 10, Ichiro Ozawa,
Japan’s “shadow shogun," flew 645 people in 5 airplanes, including
143 members of the DPJ, to meet with China’s Premier Hu Jintao.
(Econ, 12/19/09, p.75)
2009 Dec 12, In China Liu
Aibing (34) went on a rampage with his shotgun killing 12 people
including his father. He was apprehended the next day in Gaoming
town in Hunan province's Anhua county. Liu also seriously injured
two other people and set six homes on fire. He was said to have had
a long history of mental illness.
2009 Dec 14, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao and the leaders of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
gathered at the Saman-Depe gas field in Turkmenistan and inaugurated
a 1,139-mile gas pipeline running through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
to China’s Xinjiang province.
2009 Dec 18, In China an
environmental group backed by the government said it had won two
lawsuits on behalf of residents threatened by pollution, marking the
first time such an organization has been allowed to file a public
2009 Dec 18, Wu Ying (28), a
Chinese businesswoman, was sentenced to death for cheating investors
out of $56 million, the latest case in the country's struggle
against widespread corruption. She started out a decade ago with a
single beauty salon but eventually built up a holding group, Bense
Holdings, that was known around the country. A report said Wu
collected the $56 million from investors over two years and was
arrested in 2007. In 2012 China's high court overturned the death
sentence on Wu Ying and ordered the high court in eastern China's
Zhejiang province to retry her case.
(AP, 12/18/09)(AFP, 4/20/12)
2009 Dec 19, Cambodia sent back
to China 20 Uighur Muslims who had fled China after deadly ethnic
rioting and sought asylum in Cambodia, even though rights groups
feared they faced persecution and possibly execution there. 2 other
Uighurs who had been with the group were missing.
2009 Dec 20, In Taiwan tens of
thousands of opposition demonstrators marched through the streets of
the central Taichung, ahead of the arrival of a senior Chinese envoy
for trade talks that some on the island fear could eventually lead
to unification. They condemned a pact the government wanted to sign
with China, formally known as the Economic Co-operation Framework
(AP, 12/20/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.32)
2009 Dec 21, Cambodia signed 14
deals worth an estimated $850 million with China, two days after
defying international pressure by deporting 20 ethnic Chinese
asylum-seekers, underlining growing trade and diplomatic links.
2009 Dec 21, China and France
hailed their reinvigorated ties and sealed a series of economic
deals during a visit to Beijing by PM Francois Fillon. Electricite
de France (EDF) and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC)
formalized their joint venture for the construction of two nuclear
reactors at a power plant in Taishan in southern Guangdong province.
French aerospace and defense industries group Safran and US
conglomerate General Electric won a multi-billion-dollar contract to
equip China's future C919 passenger jet with engines.
2009 Dec 22, Chinese local
media reported that a man who killed and ate what may have been the
last wild Indochinese tiger in China was sentenced to 12 years in
jail. Kang Wannian, a villager from Mengla, Yunnan Province, met the
tiger in February while gathering freshwater clams in a nature
reserve near China's border with Laos. He claimed to have killed it
2009 Dec 23, China sentenced
Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche (53), a respected Tibetan lama, to 8 1/2
years in jail for illegal land occupation and ammunition possession,
possibly the first senior Buddhist leader tried on serious charges
linked to riots in 2008 in the Tibetan capital. He was arrested May
18, 2008, just days after more than 80 nuns in Ganzi held a
demonstration against an official campaign to impose "patriotic
re-education" on their convents.
2009 Dec 23, In China the
Balinghe River bridge opened in Guizhou province. It was the 3rd
highest road bridge in the world and featured the 2nd longest span
length with a distance between towers of 3,570 feet.
2009 Dec 23, US auto giant Ford
said it had agreed the main terms for selling its Swedish brand
Volvo Cars to Chinese carmaker Geely, in a deal set to underline
China's growing economic clout.
2009 Dec 24, In China the
Xinjiang government said five people were convicted of "extremely
serious crimes" and sentenced in separate trials on Dec 22 and Dec
23 in the regional capital of Urumqi.
2009 Dec 25, A Chinese court
sentenced Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident, to 11 years, the
longest term ever handed down for subversion charges, according to
rights groups that say it signals the government will take an
increasingly hard line against activists in the year ahead.
2009 Dec 26, China unveiled
what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world, a train
connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average
speed of 350 km (217 miles) an hour.
2009 Dec 28, Chinese
authorities started administering health checks on all children
living near a battery factory in the south of the country and closed
the plant after more than 40 children were found with lead
2009 Dec 28, Dhondup Wangchen
(35), a Tibetan filmmaker, was sentenced to six years in prison. He
had made a documentary that was highly critical of the Chinese
government's policies in Tibet. "Leaving Fear Behind" features
ordinary Tibetans and the filmmaker himself saying that Beijing's
policies in Tibet are threatening the remote region's traditional
Buddhist culture. It was filmed in Tibet and other ethnically
Tibetan areas of China in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games in
2009 Dec 28, Chinese state
media reported that a coal mine explosion has killed 12 people in
northern China, while five other miners were killed and six trapped
in an accident in the southwest of the country.
2009 Dec 29, China brushed
aside international appeals and executed by lethal injection Akmal
Shaikh (53), a British drug smuggler, who relatives said was
mentally unstable and unwittingly lured into crime. Shaikh, a Briton
of Pakistani descent, was arrested in 2007 for carrying a suitcase
with almost 9 pounds (4kg) of heroin into China on a flight from
Tajikistan. He told Chinese officials he didn't know about the drugs
and that the suitcase wasn't his. He was convicted in 2008 after a
2009 Dec 29, In China the
government of Xinjiang, a restive Chinese Muslim region rocked
recently by ethnic strife, adopted what appeared to be a sweeping
law barring the spread of views deemed to threaten national unity.
The law bars individuals and organizations from spreading opinions
deemed not conducive to national unity and also from gathering,
producing and spreading information to that effect.
2009 Dec 30, A US trade panel
gave final approval to duties ranging from about 10 to 16% on
Chinese-made steel pipe in the biggest US trade case to date against
2009 Dec 30, An unknown amount
of oil poured from a China National Petroleum Corp. pipeline into
the Wei River in Shaanxi province following a construction accident.
The pipeline links the capitals of northwest Gansu province and
central Henan province. Shaanxi TV later said 20 miles (33 km) along
the Wei were polluted by the leak, estimated at 40,000 gallons.
2009 Dec 30, Leon Yao Liang
(87), a bishop in China's underground church, died in the northern
township of Xiwanzi, where he had been auxiliary bishop since 2002.
He had been imprisoned for more than 28 years under the communists.
2009 Miriam Clifford, Cathy
Giangrande and Antony White authored a guide to Chinese museums. In
2014 the Chinese Museums Organization (CMA) asked them to repackage
the work as its own guide: “Chinese Museums Guide."
(Econ, 5/24/14, p.78)
2009 Martin Jacques authored
“When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the
End of the Western World."
(Econ, 7/11/09, p.84)
2009 China’s Ministry of Civil
Affairs proposed “Document 26," which suggested that HIV-infected
children and orphans whose parents have died of AIDS be given a
monthly subsidy of 600 yuan ($95).
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.41)
2009 Chinese researchers
announced that they had reduced schistosomiasis infection rates in 2
villages near Poyang lake by replacing water buffaloes, a parasite
host, with tractors and improved sanitation. The parasitic worm
Schistosoma japonicum, carried by tiny snails, caused
schistosomiasis, which stood as the world’s 2nd most prevalent
(Econ, 6/20/09, p.43)
2009 Mephedrone, an
ecstacy-like drug, arrived in Europe about this time. It could be
ordered cheaply from China from manufacturers who described it as
“plant food" or “research chemicals."
(Econ, 5/24/14, p.55)
2009 The Three Gorges Dam, the
world’s largest, will be fully operational. Its cost was projected
to be $75 billion. It will be 600 feet high and 6,500 feet long, six
times the length of the Hoover Dam. 26 generators will produce
electricity. A 400-mile lake would be formed behind it allowing
ocean freighters to sail upstream to Chongqing.
(WSJ, 10/8/96, p.A20)(SFC,11/6/97, p.D2)(SSFC,
2009 This year 6.1 million
students will graduate from Chinese universities, nearly 6 times as
many as in 2000. Next year the figure is expected to reach about 7
(Econ, 4/11/09, p.40)
2009 In southern China the city
of Yulin, Guangxi province, introduced an annual dog-eating
(Econ 7/8/17, p.38)
2009 In China divorces
outnumbered marriages this year.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.40)