Timeline China (D) 2000-2004
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2000 Jan 4, In
China the State Development Planning Commission announced that
private enterprise should be put on "equal footing with state-owned
(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A6)
2000 Jan 6, In China the
state-controlled Catholic Church ordained 5 new bishops while the
Pope elevated 12 prelates in St. Peter's Basilica.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Jan 15, In China 5.9 and
6.5 earthquakes hit in Yunnan province and 4 people were killed.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.A25)
2000 Jan 18, In China the
Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang,
convicted 13 Uigher defendants of separatism, murder, robbery and
illegally dealing in weapons. 5 of the convicted were sentenced to
(SFC, 1/25/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 18, Steven Leung (52),
a SF Bay Area entrepreneur, was found unconscious in a Beijing
karaoke bar and transferred to a hospital where he was diagnosed
with irreversible brain damage. Leung was flown home and died at
Stanford Hosp. on Feb 3.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.D2)(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A16)
2000 Jan 20, It was reported
that the number of Internet users in China had more than doubled
over the last 6 months from 4 to 8.9 million, most of them young
(SFC, 1/20/00, p.C16)
2000 Jan 21, In China it was
reported that some 700 investigators had gathered over the last 2
months in Xiamen, formerly called Amoy, to investigate corruption
and the smuggling of some $9.5 billion worth of goods.
(SFC, 1/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 26, In China the State
Bureau of Secrecy issued a 20-article circular that banned
discussion of state secrets on the Internet, in e-mail, and in chat
rooms or bulletin boards. Content and service providers were also
required to undergo a "security certification" prior to operation.
(SFC, 1/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 27, The US and China
agreed to resume normal military ties.
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.D2)
2000 Jan, Li Jinhua, auditor
general of China, reported that $15 billion in public funds destined
for poverty relief and water conservation projects had been
embezzled in 1999. It was also reported that 14 officials were being
investigated for embezzling $57 million in funds intended to
resettle people displaced by the Three Gorges Dam projects.
(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A25)(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 10, Ji Pengfei, one of
the last of China’s old guard, died at age 91. His 6 children
included Gen. Ji Shengde.
(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 17, In China
authorities detained Chen Zixiu (60) for heading to Beijing to
protest for the Falun Gong. She was unable to pay a fine of $120 and
was beaten and died on Feb 21. The government denied mistreatment.
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A14)(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A13)
2000 Feb 21, China warned
Taiwan that a prolonged lack of negotiations could provoke a
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 25, The US sharply
criticized China for a marked deterioration in human rights.
(SFC, 2/26/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 27, In Louyang city
Jin Xiangwu stabbed to death 3 children after they failed to pay 30
cents in his video arcade. Xiangwu was convicted and executed in
(SFC, 4/19/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 27-2000 Feb 29, Some
20 thousand workers battled police and soldiers in Yangjiazhangzi
due to loss of work and alleged corruption at a local molybdenum
mine. The facility had closed last November and in Feb. workers
received $68 for each year they had worked there.
(SFC, 4/5/00, p.A10,14)
2000 Feb, Rescue Bear 0001
arrived at the Animals Asia Foundation in Chengdu, China. He was
named Andrew by the Hong Kong philanthropist who donated $1 million
to create the animal sanctuary. Andrew (15) died in 2006 from a
liver cancer likely related to years of being tapped for bile fluid.
(SFC, 2/16/06, p.A14)
2000 Mar 4, In Beijing 2,900
delegates from 32 provinces and regions gathered for the 10-11 day
session of the Ninth National People's Congress. During the session
Hu Changqing, a former official in Jiangxi province, was scheduled
to be executed for taking bribes worth $658,000.
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.C1)(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A22)
2000 Mar 6, China introduced a
$111.1 billion budget that cut its deficit and added funds for
(WSJ, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 8, In China Hu
Changqing, former vice governor of Jiangxi province, was executed
(SFC, 3/9/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 10-2000 Mar 11, Public
sentencing rallies took place in the Aksu region of Xinjiang and 11
Muslim Uighur members of a terrorist group were executed. The
Uighurs of the region made up nearly half of Xinjiang’s 20 million
population and had been struggling against Chinese rule for several
(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A1)(Econ,
2000 Mar 14, In China an
official was sentenced to death for embezzling $1.4 million that was
meant to help relocate 1.3 million people displaced by the Three
Gorges dam project.
(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar, Rebiya Kadeer (54)
was convicted of revealing state information to "foreigners." She
had sent official Chinese press reports to her husband in the US.
Her appeal was later rejected and she was sentenced to 8 years in
(SFC, 12/12/00, p.B3)
2000 Apr 1, Groundbreaking
ceremonies for the Grand National Theater in Beijing were cancelled
due to petitions against the design. Paul Andreu of France had won
the design contest with a $361 million project in the shape of a
"pearl" or "duck’s egg."
(WSJ, 9/6/00, p.A24)
2000 Apr 1, In Nanjing 4
unemployed youths broke into the home of Jurgen Hermann Pfrang (50),
an executive for DaimlerChrysler, and stabbed him to death along
with his wife and 2 children. The 4 were found guilty of murder and
robbery on 7/14/00 and sentenced to death.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)
2000 Apr 12, China’s Pres.
Jiang Zemin arrived in Israel to support commercial defense
relations between the two countries.
(SFC, 4/13/00, p.A15)
2000 Apr 20, In China the
Communist party announced that Cheng Kejie, a deputy chairman in the
national legislature, was expelled and charged with amassing $4.5
million in bribes and kickbacks.
(SFC, 4/21/00, p.A20)
2000 Apr 23, In China Li
Chenglong (48), deputy mayor of Guigang city, was executed. He had
been convicted of corruption during his term as Communist Party
secretary of Yulin city between 1991 and 1996.
(SFC, 4/24/00, p.A14)
2000 May 5, A human rights
group reported that China had banned 9 books published by Zhong
Gong, a school of the qi gong traditional slow-motion exercises.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)
2000 May 6, It was reported
that Jin Wenchao, a former soldier and head of a Chinese
construction firm involved in the Three Gorges dam project, had
disappeared with over $120 million.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A12)
2000 May 6, The Chiang Mai
Initiative (CMI) was set up to help East Asian cash strapped
countries defend their currencies in times of trouble. The
initiative came in response to the 1997 East Asian financial crises.
ASEAN, China, Japan, and South Korea launched the multilateral
arrangement of currency swaps (CMI).
2000 May 15, It was reported
that Li Fuxiang (47), a top Chinese finance manager, leaped to his
death from the top floor of a hospital a week earlier.
(WSJ, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000 May 16, In China’s
Liaoning province some 5,000 retired or laid-off workers in Liaoyang
clashed with police following protests over non-payment of pensions
(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)
2000 May 19, China and the EU
agreed to open markets.
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)
2000 May 24, The US House voted
237 to 197 to grant China permanent normal trade status.
(SFC, 5/25/00, p.A1)
2000 May 25, The China
Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was founded in Beijing.
2000 May 29-2000 May 31, North
Korean leader Kim Jong Il visited China and met with Pres. Jiang
Zemin and the ruling Communist Party’s inner circle. He received
promises of free food and other material assistance.
(SFC, 6/2/00, p.A16)
2000 May 30, Mou Qizhong,
entrepreneur and former "reform hero," was sentenced to life in
prison on charges that included defrauding a Chinese state bank of
(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A14)
2000 Jun 9, At least 74 people
were reported killed in Sichuan, China, from floods and mudslides
following torrential rain and hail.
(SFC, 6/10/00, p.A24)
2000 Jun 15, Guo Chaoren,
president of China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, died at age 65.
His books included "Sprint to the Summit," "Tibet in the Past
Decade," and "African Diary."
(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A34)
2000 Jun 22, In China an
overloaded ship capsized on the Yangtze River in Sichuan province
and 59 people were either killed or missing. Separately a Yunshuji-7
turboprop was struck by lightning in Hubei province and all 42
people aboard were killed. 4 people were missing.
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)
2000 Jun 28, China’s government
announced a $48 million emergency plan to fight the drought in the
northern provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Gansu, and Ningxia.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000 Jun 28, In Taiwan Pres.
Chen Shui-bian told visiting Americans that he accepts that there is
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 6, In Urumqi, China, 3
separatists were executed by firing squad immediately after a public
(SFC, 7/13/00, p.C4)
2000 Jul 7, Chinese press
reported that an investigation of Gen. Ji Shengde was concluded and
that he would soon be indicted for corruption totaling $12.5
(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 7, Three days of
torrential rains over central China left at least 22 people dead in
Sichuan. Thousands of buildings, 17 bridges and 7 hydroelectric
power stations were damaged. In Guangxi Zhuang a bus fell into the
Liujiang River in Liuzhou and at least 65 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.D8)(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A9)
2000 Jul 11, In China it was
reported that 6 members of a Uighur separatist group were executed.
(WSJ, 7/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 13, In China a
mudslide following heavy rains killed at least 119 villagers in
Ziyang county in Shaanxi province. The death toll was later raised
to 213 with another 23 killed in the Liangshan area of Sichuan
(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A13)(SFC, 7/21/00, p.B7)
2000 Jul 15, It was reported
that an attack force of 700,000 ducks and chickens, trained to hunt
and eat insects at the sound of a whistle, were placed in the
locust-plagued fields of China’s Xinjiang province.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A24)
2000 Jul 18, Chinese Pres.
Jiang Zemin and Russia’s Pres. Putin denounced the US proposed
missile defense program as a violation of the 1972 ABM treaty. They
also vowed to strengthen a strategic partnership between their
(SFC, 7/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 22, In Beijing some
100 people were rounded up in a scattered protest marking the first
anniversary of the banning of Falun Gong.
(SFEC, 7/23/00, p.B16)
2000 Jul 29, It was reported
that the Songhua River had completely dried up under the drought
that has ruined 35 million acres. 16.2 million Chinese were left
short of water.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.D8)
2000 Jul 31, A Beijing court
sentenced Cheng Kejie (66) to death for corruption. He was a former
deputy chairman of the national legislature and headed the southern
region of Guangxi from 1990-1998. Over the last week 48 people were
executed for drug trafficking. Kejie was executed in Sept.
(SFC, 8/1/00, p.A10)(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 31, It was reported
that a number of large Chinese companies were on the verge of
bankruptcy even as the government planned to bail out its money
losing state sector by making more companies public.
(WSJ, 8/1/00, p.A8)
2000 Jul, Liu Yong, Chinese
Communist Party member and head of the Jiayang Group, was arrested
for corruption in Shenyang.
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.C2)
2000 Aug 17-2000 Aug 23,
Farmers in Fengcheng, China, rioted in opposition to high taxes and
(SFC, 9/5/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 21, In China’s Yunnan
province an earthquake in Wuding county left 177,000 people homeless
and 211 injured.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 28, Four Chinese
students and a man whose sister was killed in the Tiananmen Square
massacre filed a suit in NYC against Li Peng, head of the Chinese
Parliament, for human rights abuses.
(SFC, 9/1/00, p.A16)
2000 Aug 30, In China’s Fujian
province police arrested a Catholic priest, 20 nuns, 2 laymen and a
seminarian in Luoyuan county. Rev. Liu Shaozhang (38) was reported
to have been severely beaten and that parishioners bought the
release of 2 nuns.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.C16)
2000 Aug, Some 20,000 Chinese
farmers attacked government offices and official’s homes in Jiangxi
to protest high taxes.
(WSJ, 8/30/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 1, Typhoon Maria
struck 2 southern Chinese provinces between Huizhou and Shanwei and
killed 47 people with $223 million in damages.
(WSJ, 9/6/00, p.A1)(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A22)
2000 Sep 5, Over 30 coal miners
were killed in an explosion in Datong, China.
(SFC, 12/25/00, p.B6)
2000 Sep 8, The government of
China’s Shaanxi province appropriated 123 Zhong Gong properties and
land worth $36.5 million.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 8, A truck carrying
explosives blew up in Urumqi, China. 100 casualties were reported.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 19, The US Senate
voted 83-15 to end trade restrictions on China. The vote also
removed a fiscal obstacle to Beijing’s 14-year drive to join the
(SFC, 9/20/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/20/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 27, In China an
explosion at the Muchonggou Coal Mine in Shuicheng, Guizhou
province, killed 118 miners.
(SFC, 9/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 1, Pope John Paul II
on China’s national day, canonized as martyrs 87 Chinese believers
and 33 European missionaries killed between 1648 and 1930. He also
canonized Mother Katherine Drexel (d.1955), a Philadelphia heiress,
who became a nun.
(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A12)(Econ, 12/18/10, p.78)
2000 Oct 1, In China Falun Dafa
staged one to the biggest Tiananmen Square protests since it was
banned 14 months earlier.
(WSJ, 10/2/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 12, The Nobel Prize in
literature was won by Gao Xingjian (60), an exiled Chinese writer
living in Paris. His novels include "Soul Mountain," based on a 1986
walking tour along the Yangtze River.
(SFC, 10/13/00, p.A16)
2000 Oct 16, The Chinese press
endorsed the building of a $12 billion river project to divert water
from the Yangtze north to the Yellow River.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.C3)
2000 Oct 18, A human rights
group reported that 3 members of Falun Gong died after their arrest
by Chinese police. 57 Falun Gong members have died under police
custody during the 15-month crackdown.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.C10)
2000 Oct 26, In Beijing at
least 100 Falun Gong sect members were dragged from Tiananmen Square
following a protest one the year anniversary of a government ban of
(SFC, 10/27/00, p.A21)
2000 Oct 27, China’s state
media reported that auditors had found over $11 billion in
mismanaged funds in government offices and businesses.
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct, In China some 6
million census takers began the 5th national census.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 8, Courts in southern
China sentenced 11 people to death for their role in a giant
smuggling ring, the Yuanhua Group, that moved some $6.4 billion in
goods with the complicity of mayors, police and customs officers.
(SFC, 11/9/00, p.C2)
2000 Nov 20, China singed an
agreement with the UN for cooperation and training on individual
rights and the rule of law.
(SFC, 11/21/00, p.A13)
2000 Nov 21, Pres. Clinton
agreed not to punish China for exporting missile components to Iran
and Pakistan after China promised to end future technological
cooperation with countries seeking to develop missile weaponry.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A20)
2000 Nov, Liu Dalin, a
pioneering Shanghai sexologist, authored "Sexual culture of 20th
Century China." He argued for an open-minded approach to sex.
(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B7)
2000 Dec 1, It was reported
that Gao Changli, head of the Chinese bureaucracy that controls the
legal system, was relieved of his duties, apparently as part of a
crackdown on corruption.
(SFC, 12/2/00, p.A13)
2000 Dec 1, A shopping mall
collapsed in Dongguan, China, and scores of people were killed.
(WSJ, 12/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 12, China fired the
boss of Fijian province amid an antigraft drive.
(WSJ, 12/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 16, Brilliance China
Automotive Holding introduced its new Zhonghua car. It boasted an
Italian design, Japanese engine, and German electronics and
(SSFC, 12/24/00, p.A12)
2000 Dec 25, In China’s Louyang
city as many as 309 young people were killed at a disco fire.
(SFC, 12/26/00, p.C6)
2000 Dec, Tan Guangguang, a
Chinese scholar with recent visits to the US, was arrested on
suspicion of spying.
(SFC, 4/10/01, p.A11)
2000 Martin Booth authored "The
Dragon Syndicates," a history of the Chinese criminal societies
known as the triads.
(WSJ, 8/4/00, p.W7)
2000 Bill Kong, Chinese film
producer, released “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” He had wooed
Hollywood for a year to front half of the film’s $15 million budget.
(WSJ, 9/14/05, p.A1)
2000 China’s Premier Zhu Rongji
said Beijing will no longer be livable in 35 years due to sand dunes
93 miles away and converging at an annual speed of 2 km.
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A21)
2000 China's Pres. Jiang Zemin
launched the "Three Represents" program: the party must represent
China's advanced productive forces, its advanced culture and the
interests of the overwhelming majority of the people.
(Econ, 11/15/03, p.41)
2000 China launched its “great
development of the west” program (often referred to as the “Go west”
(Econ, 12/3/05, p.39)
2000 China banned the sale of
video game consoles citing their adverse effect on the mental health
of its youth. The ban was lifted in 2014 on a temporary basis.
2000 China planned to build
1,000 hotels for tourism growth for a total of 4,500. The government
expected visitors to increase to 54 million from 46 million in 1995.
The hotels were to be built in the poorer central and western China.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A10)
2000 In Ningbo, China, the
Geely Group began producing cars. By 2006 the plant was producing
180,000 cars a year.
(WSJ, 11/7/06, p.A1)
2000 The WHO ranked China 4th
from the bottom of 191 countries in terms of fairness of its medical
(WSJ, 12/5/05, p.A1)
2000 In China coal mine
fatalities were estimated to be between 5,000 and 10,000 per year
with an average of 13 miners killed per day. Miners earned about $50
(SFC, 12/25/00, p.B6)(NW, 10/28/02, p.44R)
2001 Jan 10, China sent rats
into orbit aboard its "Sacred Ship" Shenzhou II, powered by a Long
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A16)
2001 Jan 11, China’s state
media reported at least 27 people dead from a New years Day blizzard
in inner Mongolia.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A18)
2001 Jan 16, China’s Shenzhou
II unmanned space craft landed after 108 orbits.
(WSJ, 1/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 23, Five people
believed to members of Falun Gong set themselves on fire in
Tiananmen Square. One woman and her daughter (12) died. In August 4
people were convicted of murder for organizing the self-immolation.
A judge found that they had spread the notion that members could
achieve nirvana through self-immolation.
(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A12)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A11)
2001 Jan 24, The Chinese lunar
calendar marked this as the new year, 4699.
(SSFC, 1/28/01, p.CN3)
2001 Feb 8, China’s cabinet
approved a 700-mile rail line to link Lhasa, Tibet, and Qinghai
(WSJ, 2/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 11, Gao Zhan, a
US-based scholar, was detained at Beijing airport by Chinese
authorities. She was formally charged as a spy on April 3. [see Mar
(WSJ, 3/28/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/4/01, p.D14)
2001 Feb 25, Chinese officials
in Shenzhen detained Li Shaomin (44), an associate professor of
marketing at Hong Kong’s City Univ.
(SFC, 3/31/01, p.A11)
2001 Feb 26, The US State Dept.
issued its annual report on the status of human rights and cited
"unconfirmed but credible" reports from China of continued use of
torture by police to obtain coerced confessions.
(SFC, 2/27/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 28, China gave a
qualified endorsement for a UN-sponsored human rights treaty. It
backed away from a guarantee of workers rights.
(SFC, 3/1/01, p.A8)
2001 Mar 1, China was reported
to consume a little over 6% of the world’s total 75.5 million
barrels per day of oil.
(WSJ, 3/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 2, In China 37 members
of the banned Falun Gong were sentenced to prison terms of 3-10
years. Most had been convicted of "using a cult to obstruct the
(SFC, 3/3/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 5, China announced a
17.7% increase in defense spending.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 6, It was reported
that Chinese psychiatrists have decided to stop classifying
homosexuality as a mental illness.
(SFC, 3/6/01, p.A11)
2001 Mar 6, In China an
explosion at an elementary school in Jiangxi province left 37
students and 4 teachers dead. 42 people, mostly students, were
killed in a schoolhouse explosion in southern China; parents said
the students had been forced to make fireworks by school officials.
Teachers, to enhance their meager salaries, had forced students to
make firecrackers during their lunch breaks. Prime Minister Zhu
Rongji said the blast was caused by a "deranged suicide bomber."
(WSJ, 3/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A1)(SFC,
3/9/01, p.A14)(AP, 3/5/02)
2001 Mar 13, In China four
writers were detained a few months after they had formed the New
Youth Study Group for discussing political change in China. In 2003
Xu Wei (28) and Jin Haike (26) were sentenced to 10 years in prison
for subverting state power. Yang Zili (32) and Zhang Honghai (29)
were sentenced to 8 years. Wei and Haike were released On March 12,
2011, after completing their jail terms.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.A16)(AP, 3/13/11)
2001 Mar 16, Explosions rocked
residential buildings in Shijiazhuang, a mill town in China’s Hebei
province. At least 18 people were killed. The deaths soon mounted to
108 with 38 injured. Police later arrested Jin Ruchao (41), a deaf
man, who reportedly confessed to the bombings.
(SFC, 3/17/01, p.A10)(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D1)(SFC,
2001 Mar 21, The Taiwan United
Daily News reported that a senior Chinese colonel had defected to
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 22, Pres. Bush met
with Chinese Deputy Premier Qian Qichen and said the US would
support Taiwan’s military needs.
(WSJ, 3/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 27, In its first
specific accusation against a detained U.S.-based scholar, China
said Gao Zhan had confessed to spying for foreign intelligence
agencies. The US denied employing her as a spy. Gao, who had been
detained on Feb. 11, was released the following July. In 2003 Gao
Zhan admitted to illegal profits of over $539,000 from selling 80
microprocessors to the Chinese government. [see Feb 11]
(WSJ, 3/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/27/02)(SFC, 11/27/03,
2001 Mar 27, China reported
that its population stood at 1.26 billion, an 11.7% increase over
the last decade.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 30, It was reported
that the forests of China’s Yunnan province had dropped from 50%
coverage in 1949 to less than 10% today.
(SFC, 3/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Apr 1, A US Navy EP-3
surveillance plane with 24 aboard collided with a Chinese fighter
jet over the South China Sea and was forced to land on China's
Hainan island. The fighter jet crashed. Chinese pilot Wang Wei
parachuted out of his F-8 jet but had not been found. Zhao Yu, a 2nd
pilot, later blamed the US plane banked and hit Wei’s plane. None of
the 24 crew members was hurt, but they were held prisoner by the
Chinese for a tense 11 days.
(SFC, 4/2/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/2/01, p.A1)(SFC,
4/4/01, p.A13)(SFC, 4/7/01, p.A13)(AP, 4/1/02)
2001 Apr 2, Pres. Bush demanded
that the Chinese release the US Navy crew and spy plane that had
made an emergency landing on China’s Hainan Island.
(SFC, 4/3/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/3/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 4, US diplomats met
with 24 US crew members held by the Chinese military on Hainan
island. Colin Powell issued a statement of regret over the loss of
the Chinese pilot involved in the incident. Powell also sent a
letter to China’s chief foreign policy official outlining ways of
(SFC, 4/4/01, p.A1)(SFC, 4/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 5, Wang Zhizhi of
China, 7 feet and 1 inch tall, made his NBA debut for the Dallas
Mavericks. Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player to play in
the NBA when he took the court for Dallas against Atlanta. He scored
six points and grabbed three rebounds as the Mavericks beat the
(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.A17)(AP, 4/5/02)
2001 Apr 5, Pres. Bush
expressed regret over the loss of a Chinese pilot in the Apr 1
collision with a US spy plane.
(SFC, 4/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 6, US officials
announced some progress toward the release of 24 military personnel
in China and hoped to establish a joint US-China commission to
examine the April 1 collision of a US spy plane and Chinese jet.
(SFC, 4/7/01, p.1)
2001 Apr 7, China rejected
statements of regret and continued to demand a US apology for the
April 1 collision between a US spy plane and Chinese jet.
(SSFC, 4/7/01, p.C1)
2001 Apr 8, Sec. of State Colin
Powell expressed sorrow for the Chinese pilot lost on Apr 1, but the
Chinese continued to demand that the US apologize reiterated a
demand that the US stop all military surveillance off the Chinese
coast. US officials said Pres. Bush was sending a letter to the wife
of a missing Chinese fighter pilot as a humanitarian gesture. The
pilot's plane had collided with a US spy plane, forcing the spy
plane to make an emergency landing in China.
(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A1)(AP, 4/8/02)
2001 Apr 12, The 24 crew
members of a US spy plane arrived in Hawaii after being held for 11
days in China. Pres. Bush blamed the Chinese for the midair
collision of the US spy plane and a Chinese jet and rebuffed demands
to end reconnaissance flights off the coast of China. In 2006 it was
revealed that Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the US,
negotiated the release of the crew on behalf of Pres. Bush.
(SFC, 4/13/01, p.A1)(AP, 4/12/06)(WSJ, 10/11/06,
2001 Apr 13, In China a 5.9
earthquake hit Yunnan province and at least 7 people were killed.
42,000 homes were destroyed in the Shidian area.
(SFC, 4/21/01, p.A24)
2001 Apr 15, Chinese police
opened fire on villagers who opposed high local taxes and fees in
Yuntang. 2 were killed and at least 18 wounded.
(SFC, 4/20/01, p.A16)
2001 Apr 17, US envoys arrived
in China to resolved issues of the US spy plane collision with a
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 18, US negotiators
said China agreed to discuss the return of the US spy plane
following a day of unproductive talks.
(SFC, 4/19/01, p.A10)
2001 Apr 19, US and Chinese
negotiators failed to reach any agreement over the US spy plane. The
Chinese showed video images from flights last year and the US
presented a written proposal for the return of the plane.
(SFC, 4/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Apr 25, In unusually blunt
terms, President Bush warned China that an attack on Taiwan could
provoke a U.S. military response.
2001 Apr 29, China offered to
allow US officials to inspect the US Navy spy plane on Hainan
(SFC, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2001 May 2, Foreign Minister
Tang Jiaxuan returned to China from Russia with a draft accord for
relations with Russia.
(SFC, 5/4/01, p.D2)
2001 May 2, US technical
experts examined the US spy plane on China’s Hainan Island.
(WSJ, 5/3/01, p.A1)
2001 May 2, In China a
landslide in Wulong County buried a 9-story building where 76 of 95
residents were home. 65 bodies were recovered.
(SFC, 5/4/01, p.D2)
2001 May 4, US experts,
following 3 days of inspections, said the US spy plane on China’s
Hainan Island could be repaired and flown home.
(SFC, 5/5/01, p.D1)
2001 May 8, China rejected a US
plan to repair EP-3 the spy plane and fly it away.
(WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)
2001 May 19, It was reported
that China’s "Strike Hard" anti-crime campaign had resulted in at
least 801 executions in the last 3 weeks of April.
(SFC, 5/19/01, p.A8)
2001 May 20, In China 20 miners
were feared dead in a gypsum mine in the Guangxi region and another
38-39 were trapped in a coal mine in Sichuan. The miners in Sichuan
were working a prison-run mine.
(SFC, 5/21/01, p.A10)(SFC, 5/22/01, p.A11)
2001 May 20, In China 14 people
were executed in 2 cities for robbery and murder.
(SFC, 5/21/01, p.A10)
2001 May 26, Wu Jianmin (46), a
Chinese-born American writer, was arrested on charges of collecting
information that endangered security. He was released and expelled
(SFC, 8/2/01, p.A7)(SFC, 9/29/01, p.B1)
2001 Jun 4, It was reported
that US Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld had virtually cut off all
Pentagon contacts with the Chinese armed forces in displeasure over
the spy plane incident. Rumsfeld announced that he had given limited
permission to resume military-to-military contacts with China due to
the progress in the resolution of the spy plane incident.
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A10)(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 5, It was reported
that the ecstasy drug was a big hit in Chinese night clubs. It had
begun filtering in from Hong Kong in 1998.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 5, In China 13
children were killed in a fire at a kindergarten dormitory in
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)
2001 Jun 7, The US and China
agreed on a final plan for the removal of the US spy plane from
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 7, China published new
rules on genetic engineering. The government took broad oversight
over the industry and required clear labeling on genetically altered
(WSJ, 6/8/01, p.A13)
2001 Jun 14, A forum in China
inducted Uzbekistan as the 6th member of a regional group (the
Shanghai Five) that included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
and Tajikistan. The 5-year-old group hoped to counterbalance US
influence and fight Islamic separatism.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)(WSJ, 6/14/01, p.C11)
2001 Jun 15, The Shanghai Five
member nations (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia),
having admitted Uzbekistan, signed the Declaration of Shanghai
2001 Jun 16, He Qinglian (44),
Chinese economist, fled China after security agents broke into her
office in Shenzhen.
(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 21, Jailed Falun Gong
members attempted a group suicide in a Chinese northeast labor camp.
10-14 reportedly died by hanging.
(SFC, 7/4/01, p.A11)(WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 25, Typhoon Chebi
killed 73 people in China’s Fujian province and left 83 missing.
Damage was estimated at $425 million.
(WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/01, p.D3)
2001 Jun 26, In China 7 members
of a North Korean family took refuge in the Beijing office of the UN
High Commissioner for Refugees and claimed fear of deportation.
(SFC, 6/27/01, p.D3)
2001 Jun 27, It was reported
that Wang Guoqi, a Chinese doctor seeking political asylum, had
presented a written statement to US authorities that he had taken
part in harvesting body parts from executed prisoners in China.
China meanwhile observed UN anti-drug day by executing dozens of
people for drug crimes. China denied the accusations.
(SFC, 6/27/01, p.A10)(SFC, 6/29/01, p.D4)
2001 Jun 29, A new $2.4 billion
700-mile railway project was begun to connect Lhasa, Tibet, to the
(SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A18)
2001 Jul 1, China’s Pres. Jiang
Zemin announced that the Communist Party will allow private
businessmen to become members.
(SFC, 7/2/01, p.A8)
2001 Jul 1, Parts of the US spy
plane were flown out from China’s Hainan Island.
(WSJ, 7/3/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 7, It was reported
that China had executed 1,781 people over the last 3 months.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.A8)
2001 Jul 13, It was reported
that record droughts persisted in Afghanistan northern China, North
Korea, Mongolia and Tajikistan.
(SFC, 7/13/01, p.D4)
2001 Jul 13, The IOC awarded
Beijing, China, the honor of hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 14, China convicted Li
Shaomin (44), a Chinese-born American business professor, of spying
for Taiwan and ordered his expulsion.
(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A12)
2001 Jul 15, China’s Pres.
Zemin arrived in Russia for a state visit. A treaty of friendship
and cooperation was planned.
(SFC, 7/16/01, p.A9)
2001 Jul 16, In northwest China
an illegal cache of explosives blew up in Mafang and 41 people were
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 17, In Moscow Russia
and China agreed to plan a $1.7 billion pipeline for oil from
Siberia to northeastern China.
(SFC, 7/18/01, p.C4)
2001 Jul 17, In China’s Guangxi
province the Lajiapo and Longshan mines flooded and 81 miners were
killed. Immediate news was covered up. In Aug 20 company employees
and 70 suspected gang members were arrested for the coverup. 11 mine
officials and 4 county political leaders were arrested.
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A7)(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A7)(SFC,
9/1/01, p.A10)(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)
2001 Jul 20, It was reported
that China planned to buy 38 Russian Su-30 MKK ground attack jets
worth $2 billion.
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.D4)
2001 Jul 24, A Chinese court
sentenced two US residents to 10 years in prison on charges of
spying for Taiwan. China released Gao Zhan and Qin Guangguang two
(SFC, 7/25/01, p.A1)(AP, 7/24/02)
2001 Jul 28, US Sec. of State
Colin Powell met with China’s Pres. Zemin and reached agreement to
restart a formal dialogue with the US on human rights and weapons
(SSFC, 7/29/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 8, Four American
Senators met with Pres. Jiang Zemin in China and warned him that the
continued sales of sensitive missile technology would trigger an
arms race and boost internal US support for a missile defense
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 9, It was reported
that the US had decided to pay China $34,567 to cover the costs of
the spy plane that was detained on Hainan island. China had asked
for $1 million and rejected the offer.
(SFC, 8/10/01, p.A12)(SFC, 8/13/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 10, China received its
new $120 mil Boeing 767-300ER aircraft following retrofit in San
Antonio, Tx. In Oct Chinese experts discovered high-tech listening
devices hidden in the plane. Purchase of the plane was 1st announced
in Aug 2000.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)
2001 Aug 14, In China Chen
Qiulan, an arrested Falun Gong member, died of a heart attack at a
detention center in Daqing, Hailongjiang.
(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 16, China said that it
was spending $8.4 million to set aside forests in the southwest to
help save some 1,000 remaining wild pandas.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 20, In China Wu
Liangjie, an arrested Falun Gong member, died after falling from the
window of a police office in Baicheng, Jilin province.
(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that Chinese authorities had removed Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog (68), a
Tibetan monk, from his Serthar religious academy in the Larung
valley of Sichuan province. The move was seen as an effort to reduce
the 6-7 thousand monks and nuns living in the area.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 23, It was reported
that surveys had indicated that two-thirds of China’s 1.26 billion
people were infected with hepatitis B.
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 23, The Chinese
government reported that some 600,000 people have been infected with
AIDS with nearly as many from selling their blood as from sexual
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 23, Brian Regan (38),
retired US Air Force master sergeant and cryptanalyst, was arrested
by the FBI at Dulles Int’l. Airport on charges of spying. In 2002
Regan was accused of trying to spy for Iraq, Libya and China. On
February 20, 2003, Regan was found guilty of three charges of
attempted espionage including two counts of attempted espionage
related to attempts to sell information to Iraq and China, and one
count of gathering national defense information. He was acquitted of
attempting to provide US secrets to Libya. On March 20, 2003, Regan
was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
p.A6)(WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A1)
2001 Sep 9, It was reported
that some 3,000 people had been executed in China since Pres. Zemin
announced a crackdown in April.
(SSFC, 9/9/01, p.A18)
2001 Sep 25, A Chinese captain
went down with his freighter in the Taiwan Strait as Typhoon Lekima
lashed the area.
(WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 28, In China Wu
Jianmin, a Chinese-born American writer, was released from jail and
expelled. The state media said he had confessed to his crimes of
spying for Taiwan.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.B1)
2001 Oct 10, In China a state
court sentenced over a dozen key officials in Shenyang for
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 12, China put limits
on air travel to citizens of 19 countries, mainly in the Middle
(SFC, 10/13/01, p.A10)
2001 Oct 15, China executed 2
Muslim separatists in Yili, Xinjiang province.
(SFC, 10/18/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 18, Pres. Bush arrived
in China for the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in
Shanghai. The agenda was economic development and trade
(SFC, 10/18/01, p.A9)
2001 Nov 10, China officially
joined the WTO after ministers in Qatar approved its membership.
China became a full member on Dec 11, 2001, 30 days after its
parliament ratified the agreement and informed the WTO.
2001 Nov 11, Taiwan officially
joined the WTO after ministers in Qatar approved its membership.
(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 20, Chinese police on
Tiananmen Square detained some 35 foreigners who protested the
crackdown on the Falun Gong. The protesters were all expelled from
(SFC, 11/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/22/01, p.A21)
2001 Nov, China held its 1st
national AIDS conference in Beijing.
(WSJ, 12/19/01, p.A12)
2001 Nov, China’s 4 largest
producers of Vitamin C formed the Vitamin C Chapter of the China
Chamber of Commerce of Medicines and Health Products.
(WSJ, 2/10/06, p.A16)
2001 Dec 11, China’s official
entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO), approved in Qatar on
Nov 10, became effective.
2001 Dec 13, The Beijing First
Intermediate Court sentenced 6 people to prison for 3 to 12 years
for downloading material from the Internet on the banned Falun Gong
spiritual movement and passing it along.
(SFC, 12/24/01, p.A4)
2001 Dec 16, In China a weekend
bombing killed 5 people.
(WSJ, 12/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, Pres. Bush
permanently normalized trade relations with China.
(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Ian Buruma authored "Bad
Elements," a look at China’s dissidents, their convictions, and the
country’s problems with self-identity.
(SFC, 11/26/01, p.A17)
2001 Gordon C. Chang authored
"The Coming Collapse of China." He predicted that the People’s
Republic would fall by the Olympic Games of 2008.
(WSJ, 8/8/01, p.A10)
2001 The ballet Raise the Red
Lantern premiered in the spring. It was based on a 1991 film of the
same name directed by Zhang Yimou.
(WSJ, 4/3/02, p.A16)
2001 China ratified the Int’l.
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), endorsed
by the UN in 1966.
(http://tinyurl.com/zrw2bt6)(Econ, 3/19/15, p.48)
2001 A Chinese law prohibited
medical institutions and personnel from performing gestational
surrogacy services, in which an embryo created from a couple is
implanted into another woman who carries the baby to term. In 2011 a
couple spent nearly a million yuan ($160,000) and illegally enlisted
two surrogate mothers to help have the four boys and four girls.
2001 China’s health ministry
struck homosexuality off its list of mental diseases.
(Econ, 4/30/15, p.39)
2001 In China Zhengzhou city in
Henan province unveiled plans for a new city and hired Japanese
architect Kisho Kurokawa to design Zhengdong New District and its
main showcase buildings. Completion was scheduled for 2015 at a cost
of $25 billion.
(Econ, 1/7/06, p.40)
2001 Amnesty Int’l. reported in
2002 that at least 3,048 people were executed in 31 countries in
2001. China accounted for at least 1,781. 90% of the executed were
from China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A12)
2001 Shi Zhengrong, a Chinese
solar engineer, started Suntech to manufacture solar cells. In 2005
it became the first Chinese solar firm to go public. By 2007 the
company was the world’s 3rd largest in the field. In 2013 it went
(Econ, 6/2/07, SR p.16)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.68)
2001 There were some 720,000
passenger vehicles sold this year in China. Sales were expected to
climb to 900,000 units in 2002.
(WSJ, 7/3/02, p.A9)
2001 Some 5,670 Chinese miners
died in accidents in this year.
(SFC, 4/3/03, p.D1)
2002 Jan 3, Hu Jintao (59) was
reported to be in line for the leadership of the Chinese Communist
(WSJ, 1/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 15, China reported
that at least 50 miners were killed in 3 separate mine accidents.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Jan 19, It was reported
that China had imposed new Internet controls and required service
providers to screen all e-mail messages for political content.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)
2002 Jan 23, It was reported
that China was moving 17,000 settlers to a traditionally Tibetan
(WSJ, 1/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 24, The US imposed
sanctions on 3 Chinese entities accused of giving chemical and
biological arms technology to Iran.
(WSJ, 1/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 25, Chinese PM Zhu
Rongji visited Bangalore and said: You are number one in software,
and we are number one in hardware. If Indian software and Chinese
hardware work together, we can create a force that will be number
one in the world.
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.A24)
2002 Jan 29, In China Xu Zerong
(David Tsui), a Hong Kong-based historian, was sentenced to 13 years
in prison for providing classified historical documents, pertaining
to Chinese operations during the Korean war, to unspecified overseas
parties. Zerong (57) was released on June 23, 2011, from Guangzhou
Prison in southern Guangdong province's capital city.
(SSFC, 2/3/02, p.A17)(AP, 6/23/11)
2002 Feb 12-2002 Feb 13, The
Chinese lunar calendar marked this as the new year, 4700, the Year
of the Horse.
(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 14, In China 41
foreigners were arrested and later expelled following pro Falun Gong
demonstrations on Tiananmen Square.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 20, President Bush, on
the final leg of his Asian trip, arrived in China, where he urged
President Jiang Zemin to respect religious freedoms.
2002 Feb 21, Pres. Bush met
with Pres. Zemin in Beijing and both agreed to work on the
reunification of North and South Korea. They disagreed over controls
on exports of missile technology. Pres. Bush answered questions in a
live broadcast and reaffirmed the US right to protect Taiwan.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A12)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A12)(WSJ,
2002 Mar 1, Laid-off workers of
the Daqing Oilfield Co. began massive protests for re-negotiation of
early retirement packages. Some 86,000 of 260,000 workers had been
laid off since 1999. Daily protests hit as many as 50,000 workers.
(WSJ, 3/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A9)
2002 Mar 5, In China Falun Gong
members cut into a cable network in Changchun and broadcast its
messages for some 50 minutes.
(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 6, China announced a
17.6% increase in defense spending.
(SFC, 3/7/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 15, China allowed 25
North Korean asylum seekers to leave the Spanish Embassy in Beijing
for South Korea by way of the Philippines.
(WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 20, China deployed
military police to at least 2 northeast cities to quell labor
(WSJ, 3/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 30, It was reported
that a massive dust storm spread from northwest China to South
Korea. It was largest recorded since records began 130 years ago.
Trans Pacific winds carried the dust clouds west.
(SFC, 3/30/02, p.A20)
2002 Apr 6, It was reported
that China’s Jilin province was experiencing its worst drought in 20
years. Some 5 million acres were affected and dry soil reached a
depth of 7 feet. Shandong province was also affected.
(SFC, 4/6/02, p.C10)
2002 Apr 11, China reported
that some 850,000 people were infected with AIDS at the end of 2001.
(SFC, 4/12/02, p.A8)
2002 Apr 15, In South Korea an
Air China jet Boeing 767, CA-129, with some 166 passengers crashed
into a mountain near Kimhae. 122 people died in the crash.
(SFC, 4/15/02, p.A3)(SFC, 4/16/02, p.A7)(AP,
2002 Apr 27, China’s VP Hu
Jintao (59), heir apparent, stopped in Hawaii on his way to meet
with Pres. Bush.
(WSJ, 4/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 28, China’s VP Hu
Jintao (59), heir apparent, rang the bell at the NY Stock Exchange
and viewed ground zero.
(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr, There was a bomb
blast in Chengdu, China. Tibetan monks Lobsang Dhondup (28) and
Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche were detained. Dhondup was executed Jan 27,
(SFC, 1/28/03, p.A6)
2002 May 1, China’s VP Hu
Jintao met with Pres. Bush. Jintao said the Taiwan issue could hurt
relations and defended China’s record on human rights.
(WSJ, 5/2/02, p.A1)
2002 May 2, China’s VP Hu
Jintao met with Mayor Brown in SF and set a visit to Intel prior to
his departure back to China.
(SFC, 5/3/02, p.A8)
2002 May 4, Two explosions
killed at 34 miners in China’s Guizhou and Hunan provinces.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A13)
2002 May 7, A China Northern
Airlines with 112 people crashed off the northeast coast. Flight
6136 was an MD-82 enroute from Beijing to Dalian. Xinhua news later
reported that it was due to an act of sabotage by a passenger who
lit a fire on board.
(SFC, 5/8/02, p.A15)(Reuters, 12/7/02)
2002 May 16, The state phone
industry was divided into 2 competing parts: China Telecom and China
(WSJ, 5/16/02, p.A12)
2002 May 30, It was reported
that China was embarking on a program to inoculate its poorest
people against hepatitis. Half of the population was reported to
have had the disease with 120 million long term carriers.
(WSJ, 5/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 12, In China more than
200 people have died in some of the worst flooding in years. Crops
were destroyed and vast areas were under water.
2002 Jun 13, In China at least
223 were reported dead and 320,000 homeless from Xinjiang to
Hubei provinces following weekend rains and flooding.
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A16)
2002 Jun 16, In China at least
24 people were killed and 13 injured when a fire swept through the
packed Lanjisu Cyber cafe in a university district of Beijing, in
the city's worst fire since 1949. Windows were barred and the only
door was locked. The unlicensed owner was arrested.
(Reuters, 6/16/02)(SFC, 6/17/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 20, A gas explosion
ripped through the Chengzihe coal mine in Jixi in northeast China
and killed 111 miners.
2002 Jun 22, In China an
explosion at a gold mine in Fanshi County, Shanxi, killed 46 miners.
An initial cover-up was attempted.
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A14)(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 26, Chinese basketball
star Yao Ming was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets in
the NBA draft.
2002 Jun 28, In China it was
reported that at least 46 people were killed in the northern
province of Shanxi when an electrical fire ignited explosives in a
2002 Jul 3, Chinese police
found Wang Bingzhang, a pro-democracy activist and US resident, in
Guangxi Province. He had been recently kidnapped with 2 others in
(SFC, 12/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul 4, In China a blast in
the Fuqiang mine in Songshu trapped 39 miners. There was little hope
(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 7, In southern China
13 people were killed when a wall being demolished at a vegetable
market crumbled after heavy rain, burying vendors and workers under
a mound of rubble.
2002 Jul 8, In China a gas
explosion at a coal mine killed 44 miners at the Dingsheng mine in
northeastern Heilongjiang province.
(Reuters, 7/9/02)(SFC, 7/9/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul 12, Chinese officials
reported that nearly 1,000 schoolchildren in northeast China were
rushed to hospital after being vaccinated in late June for
encephalitis and two senior officials were arrested and charged with
2002 Jul 19, In central China a
downpour of giant hailstones, some the size of eggs, killed 15
people and left hospitals overflowing with head-wound victims.
2002 Jul 20, The number of
Japanese who have died after taking diet pills imported from China
has risen to four and 124 have fallen ill, Kyodo news agency
reported quoting a Health Ministry report.
2002 Jul 25, Chinese police
have formally arrested Liu Xiaoqing, one of the country's most
famous film stars and 2-time winner of the prestigious Hundred
Flowers Best Actress award, on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion.
Liu was queen of Chinese cinema in the 1980s and is best remembered
for playing Qing Dynasty Empress Dowager Cixi in the film "The Reign
Behind the Curtain."
2002 Jul 26, It was reported
that the regional Chinese governments of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan
had agreed to develop an area to be called "The China Shangri-La
Ecological Tourist Zone" across 50 counties next to Meili Snow
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Aug 8, The Chinese
government awarded an Australian consortium a 25-year natural gas
supply contract in Australia's biggest-ever foreign trade deal.
2002 Aug 9, China reported 70
people dead from landslides and flooding in Hunan province.
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A9)
2002 Aug 10, In China rescue
crews pulled the bodies of 7 workers from a flooded mine in the
central Chinese province of Henan. One more was recovered the next
2002 Aug 10, China’s Science
and Technology Daily reported approval of a home-grown AIDS drug for
the first time that will end the dependence of Chinese with the
disease on imported medicine. Jiduo Fuding was developed by the
Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory.
2002 Aug 14, In southwest China
a massive wall of mud and rock unleashed by heavy rains slammed into
villages, burying 67 people in the second deadly landslide to strike
the area this week.
2002 Aug 17, In China 3 days of
floods and landslides caused by mountain torrents swept through
southeastern Zhejiang province, killing at least 21 people.
2002 Aug 22, China evacuated
some 600,000 people around the swollen Lake Dongting in Hunan
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, Russia and China
gave their backing to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse-gas
(AP, 9/3/02)(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 4, China reported that
flooding had killed 1,532 people this year.
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A11)
2002 Sep 8, In southeast China
typhoon Sinlaku was weakening as it churned inland after triggering
fierce winds and heavy rain that killed 23 people, toppled homes and
2002 Sep 14, In China 38 (49)
people died and hundreds were hospitalized with food poisoning after
eating breakfast snacks, sesame cakes, fried dough sticks and fried
glutinous rice balls, in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. A man
jealous of a business rival later confessed to spiking his
competitor's breakfast snacks with rat poison. The man was convicted
and sentenced to execution.
(Reuters, 9/14/02)(Reuters, 9/17/02)(WSJ,
9/17/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/1/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 19, North Korea
announced it had made the city of Sinuiju on its border with China a
"special administrative region," a move South Korean media said was
the first step towards creating a new economic zone. The project was
soon mothballed after its first governor, Yang Bin, was jailed in
China for tax evasion. Yang Bin was formally sentenced in July 2003
for 18 years, and was fined for 2.3 million renminbi.
(Reuters, 9/19/02)(Econ, 10/2/10,
2002 Sep 23, In Inner Mongolia,
China, a staircase guardrail gave way at a school, killing 21
2002 Sep 30, The National
Intelligence Council said China, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Russia
will have 50-75 million HIV-infected people by 2010, more than any
other 5 countries.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A5)
2002 Oct 3, Wu-chi Liu (95),
China-born scholar, died in Menlo Park, Ca. His books included "A
Short History of Confucian Philosophy" and "An Introduction to
Chinese Literature." He was also the senior editor of "Sunflower
Splendor," an anthology that encompassed 3,000 years of Chinese
poetry in translation.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.A26)
2002 Oct 10, China sent Zhu
Xiaohua (53), its most senior financial official nabbed for
corruption, to jail for 15 years, but spared him the executioner's
bullet after he confessed to taking bribes prosecutors knew nothing
2002 Oct 20, Yao Ming (22), a
7-foot-5 basketball player from China, arrived in Texas to join the
(WSJ, 10/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 23, In China rescuers
fought to save 29 miners trapped underground after a coal mine
explosion in the northern province of Shanxi killed 21. China's
death toll from mining accidents up to July this year was 3,620, up
4.8 percent from a year earlier
(AP, 10/25/02)(Reuters, 10/26/02)
2002 Oct 28, It was reported
that 200 farms in China tap 7,000 live, caged bears for their bile
in an excruciating process. Owners slice into the bears to milk bile
from their gall bladder with a tube. Bear bile is viewed as a
panacea in traditional Chinese medicine. Many bears do not survive
the initial operation and few live longer than 10 years, less than
half the average life expectancy.
2002 Oct 29, China and the
United States have agreed to resume military-to-military ties with
plans to hold talks at senior level in the near future.
2002 Nov 4, China signed a
landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
South China Sea,” with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines,
Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea
Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from
(Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04,
2002 Nov 5, China finished
blocking the Yangtze River at the Three Gorges Dam, paving the way
for the world's biggest hydroelectricity and flood control project
to come on stream next year.
2002 Nov 5, The ASEAN group
(Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos,
Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand and Myanmar) ended a 2-day conference in
Cambodia that was also attended by representatives from China,
Japan, and India and South Africa.
2002 Nov 8, China's President
Jiang Zemin opened the Communist Party to businessmen to preserve
its grip on power as he kicked off a congress at which his
generation of leaders is due to retire.
(Reuters, 11/8/02)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.9)
2002 Nov 12, China's Communist
Party congress held a preliminary vote for a new crop of leaders
expected to replace President Jiang Zemin and other party chieftains
2002 Nov 13, Delegates to
China's Communist Party Congress confirmed that Jiang Zemin would
step down as party chief and make way for a new generation of
leaders this week.
2002 Nov 14, Chinese Communist
Party chief Jiang Zemin ushered in a new generation of leaders under
Hu Jintao in the first orderly succession since the party took power
2002 Nov 15, Hu Jintao replaced
Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.
2002 Nov 27, China arrested
flamboyant flower magnate Yang Bin (39), a Dutch national, on
charges of fraud and other commercial crimes, just two months after
North Korea named him head of a new free-trade enclave.
2002 Dec 2, In Beijing Russia’s
Pres. Putin and Jiang Zemin signed a 13-page declaration calling for
a "multi-polar" world and peaceful solutions in Iraq and North
(SFC, 12/3/02, p.A8)
2002 Dec 3, Shanghai will host
the 2010 World Exposition after bidding fiercely to organize an
event expected to fuel millions of dollars of investment, Expo
officials announced in Monaco.
2002 Dec 7, Entertainment giant
Vivendi Universal signed an agreement to build a Universal Studios
theme park in booming Shanghai, beating much-fancied Walt Disney Co
to the punch.
2002 Dec 24, Chinese
pro-democracy activist Xu Wenli was released from a prison in
Beijing and flown to the United States.
2002 Dec 30, China launched its
Shenzhou IV spacecraft in a test launch to prepare for manned space
(SFC, 12/30/02, p.A8)
2002 Dec 31, In China a
German-designed magnetic-levitation train hit 260 mph on its maiden
run between Shanghai and Pudong airport.
(SFC, 1/1/03, p.A10)
2002 Dec, China signed a
preliminary agreement with Indonesia aimed at halting the trade in
(WSJ, 12/23/03, p.A12)
2002 Dec, In Guangdong province
up to 26 people were killed and 100 injured following a tornado and
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A24)
2002 China banned the novel "K:
The Art of Love" by Chen Hongying following a lawsuit by a British
woman who said the book insulted her late parents. The book was
based on letters and journals of Julian Bell (d.1937), a nephew of
Virginia Woolf, and his affair with poet named Lin.
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.K2)
2002 Chinese writer Jiang Benhu
(b.1964), a former member of the intelligence services, authored
“Jiemi” under the pseudonym Mai Jia. In 2014 it was translated
into English under the title “Decoded.”
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.84)
2002 Adeline Yen Mah authored
"A Thousand Pieces of Gold: A Memoir of China’s Past Through Its
(SSFC, 11/3/02, p.M1)
2002 Andrew J. Nathan and Bruce
Gilley authored "China's New Rulers." A 2nd edition was published in
(Econ, 3/27/04, p.82)
2002 David Sheff authored
"China Dawn," a close-up look at the young men building Internet
infrastructure in China.
(WSJ, 3/12/02, p.A24)
2002 Joe Studwell authored "The
China Dream," the story of American business woes in China over the
last 700 years.
(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2002 China and ASEAN agreed to
a China-ASEAN free-trade area to be implemented in stages up to
(Econ, 3/31/07, SR p.8)
2002 Apr 23, China’s state
security bureau requested information from Yahoo! about the creator
of an online forum. Yahoo! complied with the notice and another one
and authorities soon detained democracy activist Wang Xiaoning. Mr.
Wang (62) was released on Aug 31, 2012.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.42)
2002 In China the International
Trade City Mall opened in Zhejiang province. The giant 4-story mall
had 30,000 stores across 18 million square feet, the equivalent of
350 football fields.
(SFC, 12/8/06, p.A31)
2002 China began constructing a
$3.2 billion railroad to Tibet, to be completed in 2007.
(SFC, 11/5/03, p.A13)
2002 China announced a $5.25
billion East-West natural gas project. A Western consortium backed
out in 2004.
(WSJ, 8/4/04, p.A11)
2002 Citigroup paid $70 million
for a 4.6% stake in Shanghai Pudong Development, China’s 8th largest
bank. In 2006 it pushed to raise the stake to 19.9%.
(Econ, 5/20/06, Survey p.21)
2002 Bankers looted some $483
million from the Bank of China in the southern Guangdong province
and then fled the country.
(WSJ, 8/4/03, p.A1)
2002 China took over its whole
portion of the Internet naming system as part of its program to
control Internet access.
(WSJ, 2/13/06, p.A9)
2002 Tencent Holdings PLC, a
Chinese Internet company, designed a virtual currency payment system
for users in its virtual world. The system caught on and users began
trading it at a discount to the yuan. In 2007 Chinese ministries and
the central bank waged a crackdown on the QQ coin in order to
prevent money laundering.
(WSJ, 3/30/07, p.B1)
2002 In Taiwan a language
Romanization system known as tongyong pinyim was introduced. The
Chinese favored the hanyu pinyim phonetic system developed in the
(Econ, 6/7/14, p.46)
2002 China's exports totaled
(Econ, 12/20/03, p.98)
2002 China surpassed the US as
Taiwan's top trading partner.
(WSJ, 4/20/04, p.A18)
2002 China surpassed the US to
become the world's largest beer market by volume.
(WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/904, p.A1)
2002 Nissan launched a joint
effort in China with car manufacturer Dongfeng.
(Econ, 6/12/10, p.71)
2002 Official Chinese
statistics said some 7,000 miners died in accidents in this year.
(SFC, 4/3/03, p.D1)
2002 A UN analysis of timber
statistics for 2002 showed China's reported import of logs from
Indonesia to be 200 times higher that the figures reported by
(WSJ, 12/23/03, p.A12)
2003 Jan 5, Chinese media
reported that an unmanned Chinese space capsule had returned safely
2003 Jan 11, In northern China
an explosion ripped through a coal mine, leaving 34 people missing a
day after a blast in a neighboring province killed 8 miners.
2003 Jan 20, In northeast China
a gas explosion tore through a coal mine, killing 16 workers at a
facility in the same city where another blast killed scores of
miners last year.
2003 Jan 28, A Chinese company
began distributing generic drugs for an anti-AIDS cocktail.
(SFC, 1/29/03, p.A5)
2003 Jan, China ended a
"100-day campaign" to hunt down North Korean refugees. 3,200 were
deported and another 1,300 awaited deportation. A Christian
sponsored underground railroad reportedly helped some 300,000 North
Koreans escape their homeland.
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A14)
2003 Jan-2003 Dec, In China
there were more than 58,000 protests, many of them over land rights
disputes, across the country.
2003 Feb 1, The Lunar Chinese
New Year 4701, the Year of the Ram, began.
(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A23)
2003 Feb 2, In northeastern
China, fire tore through the Tiantan Hotel Harbin, killing 33 people
at the start of Chinese New Year.
2003 Feb 9, In China Xinhua’s
first SARS report was issued for leaders’ eyes only. By this time
there were already some 300 cases and 5 deaths dating back to
(Econ, 6/19/10, p.43)
2003 Feb 9, In China state
media reported that scientists had discovered a massive underground
lake, some 35 billion cubic feet, in the arid northwest beneath the
2003 Feb 10, A Chinese court
convicted U.S.-based dissident Wang Bingzhang on spying and
terrorism charges and sentenced him to life in prison.
2003 Feb 11, From China it was
reported that an unidentified illness, 1st noted in Nov., has killed
at least five people in Guangdong province, left hundreds
hospitalized and sent health officials scrambling to find its
2003 Feb 11, In China Ma Sanli
(b.1914), a master performer of the traditional Chinese art of
crosstalk, a rhythmic, often humorous mix of dialogue and
2003 Feb 19, China outlined plans for an
enormous, 30-50 year project to carry water from the country’s
water-saturated south to its arid north. The project was 1st
conceived by Mao Zedong in the 1950s.
(AP, 2/19/03)(SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A16)
2003 Feb 24, In China accidents in 3 coal
mines killed at least 49 miners and left 10 others missing.
2003 Feb 24, A devastating earthquake shook
western China, killing at least 268 people, injuring some 2,000 and
flattening homes, schools and other buildings near the Silk Road
oasis of Kashgar. The death toll soon rose to at least 266 people,
with another 2,000 injured.
(SFC, 2/26/03, A8)(AP, 2/25/04)
2003 Feb 25, China issued its first group
of long-term residency permits to 46 foreigners, letting them live
in the country for up to five years.
2003 Mar 6, The Chinese government
committed itself to helping its poorest citizens, unveiling a new
budget aimed at helping the countryside and maintaining growth.
Defense was budgeted a 9.3% rise, the lowest in 14 years, and plans
were made to abolish the agency in charge of five-year plans.
(AP, 3/6/03)(SFC, 3/6/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/6/03,
2003 Mar 15, Hu Jintao was
chosen to replace Jiang Zemin as the president of China.
2003 Mar 16, In China Wen
Jiaboa (60) replaced Zhu Rongji as premier.
(SFC, 3/16/03, p.A16)
2003 Mar 17, Chinese police
found 28 baby girls hidden in suitcases aboard a long-distance bus
in southern Guangxi, apparently being smuggled for sale. Police
later arrested 10 people involved in the scheme.
(AP, 3/22/03)(WSJ, 3/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 19, Doctors in Hong
Kong reportedly identified the deadly pneumonia virus as belonging
to the paramyxoviridae family. The severe acute respiratory illness
(SARS) had killed at least 11 people and left hundreds ill. The
outbreak is believed to have began in southern China in November.
Later reports held that it could be a coronavirus, part of a group
that cause the common cold. Many people treated with corticosteroids
later developed an irreversible bone disease called avascular
necrosis. By July 12, 2003, SARS killed 812 people worldwide.
(SFC, 3/15/03, p.A8)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A4)(WSJ,
4/3/03, p.B1)(WSJ, 12/23/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 20, China demanded
that military action against Iraq stop immediately and said the
initial attack was "violating the norms of international behavior."
2003 Mar 22, A gas explosion
killed 28 people and trapped 45 others in a coal mine in northern
2003 Mar 30, Students in China
staged a rare state-sanctioned protest as hundreds of thousands
around the world staged another day of rallies denouncing the US led
war in Iraq.
2003 Apr 4, Chinese experts in
hard-hit Guangdong province told the scientists they have found a
rare form of airborne chlamydia in some of their SARS patients,
raising the possibility that more than one germ may be involved.
Other Chinese cases suggest the disease might be passed by touching
something tainted by a sick person's mucous or saliva.
2003 Apr 6, In eastern China a
fire roared through a food processing plant, killing 21 workers.
2003 Apr 9, China closed the
People's Armed Police Hospital in Beijing due to SARS.
(SFC, 4/26/03, A3)
2003 Apr 11, Amnesty
International said at least 1,526 people were executed worldwide
last year, with 80 percent of all known executions carried out in
China (1,060), Iran (113) and the United States (71).
2003 Apr 16, US, Chinese and
North Korean officials announced talks in Beijing to try to resolve
standoff over North's nuclear program.
2003 Apr 16, SARS deaths
totaled some 154 with at least 3,412 affected in 22 countries. A
World Health Organization team disclosed that there were unreported
cases of the SARS virus in Beijing's military hospitals and that
investigators have been barred from releasing details.
(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A3)(AP, 4/17/03)
2003 Apr 20, After reporting a
nearly tenfold increase in SARS cases in the capital, China
announced the sacking of its top health official and the capital's
mayor from key Communist Party positions. The number of infections
in Beijing soared from 37 to 346.
2003 Apr 21, China (13) and
Hong Kong (6) reported 19 new deaths from SARS.
(SFC, 4/22/03, A3)
2003 Apr 23, Beijing closed all
its primary and secondary schools until at least May 7 due to the
(SFC, 4/23/03, A16)
2003 Apr 23, A Chinese fuel
tanker, "Daqing 767" carrying a 1000 tons of oil, sank and 3 crew
members were missing after the vessel collided in heavy fog with
another ship off China's southeastern coast.
2003 Apr 24, China shut down a
major hospital in Beijing and put more than 2,000 employees under
observation for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The global death
toll from SARS surpassed 260
2003 Apr 25, Nuclear talks in
Beijing ended after U.S. officials said North Korea claimed to have
nuclear weapons and might test, export or use them.
2003 Apr 25, Beijing reported
180 new SARS infections and 5 deaths. Some 2,000 people at the
People's and Ditan Hospitals were quarantined.
(SFC, 4/26/03, A3)
2003 Apr 26, Health ministers
from across east Asia came up with a joint plan to fight SARS during
a meeting, and hundreds of medical workers in Beijing were forced to
sleep in their offices because of hospital-wide quarantines. The
death toll climbed to 122 and a new 1,000-bed Beijing hospital was
built in 5 days.
(AP, 4/26/03)(SSFC, 4/27/03, A1)
2003 Apr 27, In China's central
Hunan province a wagon overturned and tumbled into a gully, killing
16 people and injuring seven others. In Beijing theaters, cafés and
karaoke bars were closed as 126 new SARS cases were reported. Total
confirmed cases in China rose to 2,914 with 131 deaths. 26 of
China's 31 provinces were infected.
(AP, 4/27/03)(WSJ, 4/28/03, A1)(SFC, 4/28/03, A1)
2003 Aug 27, The US and North
Korea held direct talks for the first time in months, meeting for a
half-hour on the sidelines of a six-nation summit in Beijing
designed to resolve the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
2003 Apr 29, China reported 9
more deaths and more than 200 new cases, most of them in the capital
2003 May 2, China reported an
accident on a diesel-powered submarine that killed all 70 sailors
2003 May 5, China said there
were 160 new infections and 9 new deaths, similar to totals in the
past several days. It has now recorded 4,280 cases, the bulk of the
world's total. Beijing closed its schools for another 2 weeks.
(AP, 5/5/03)(WSJ, 5/5/03, p.A1)
2003 May 13, In eastern China a
gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing at least 63 miners
and leaving 23 others missing 1,500 feet underground.
2003 May 15, China threatened
possible execution or jail sentences for people who cause death or
injury by deliberately spreading SARS.
(WSJ, 5/16/03, p.A1)
2003 May 17, In southern China
heavy rainstorms caused flooding killing 45 people and causing
millions of dollars in damage to homes and crops.
2003 May 23, Researchers from
China and Hong Kong identified a coronavirus in 3 wild mammals, palm
civets, a raccoon dog and a ferret badger, sold in the live-animal
food markets of South China.
(SFC, 5/24/03, p.A1)
2003 May 20, In northern China
a powerful gas explosion at the Yongtai mine, an unlicensed coal
mine, killed 25 miners.
2003 May 23, Flooding in a coal
mine in central China trapped 15 miners,
2003 May 24, In China Chen
Yongfeng (20), was arrested in Wenzhou on charges of killing and
dismembering 10 people, who had made their living picking through
2003 May 26, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Moscow for talks with Pres. Putin.
(SFC, 5/27/03, p.A12)
2003 May 28, China’s President
Hu Jintao called for a "multipolar world" and a strategic
partnership with Russia to counter US dominance, and oil executives
signed a preliminary deal for pipeline to carry Siberian oil to
2003 May 31, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi and Hu Jintao, the new
president of China, agreed in a summit to work at defusing tensions
over North Korea.
2003 May 31, A Chinese
freighter sank in the Baltic Sea. It carried 66,000 tons of
fertilizer and leaked over 55,270 gallons of diesel oil. Some 38,000
gallons were recovered.
(SFC, 6/3/03, p.A3)
2003 May, In China’s Jingbian
County, Shaanxi province, authorities moved to confiscate some 1,600
privately held oil wells following orders from the central
government. Tens of thousands of investors had stakes in over 4,000
oil wells valued at about $850 million. A county-run company took
over oil production and in 2005 struck a deal with Yanchang, a
regional state-owned company to assume control.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.39)
2003 May, Sun Dawu, owner of an
agricultural conglomerate in China’s Xushui county, was arrested for
illegally accepting deposits from local residents. Mr. Sun had
recently accused rural state-owned banks of financial oppression and
kickbacks. He was convicted in October and given a 3-year suspended
sentence and a fine of $12,000.
(Econ, 1/3/04, p.26)
2003 Jun 1, China began filling
the reservoir behind its gargantuan Three Gorges Dam, a major step
toward completion of the world's largest hydroelectric project.
2003 Jun 6, In southern China a
coach bus drove off a highway and plunged into a river, killing 12
2003 Jun 7, In southern China
13 school children were reported missing after their ferry sank in
rapids on the Qingshui River in Guizhou province.
2003 Jun 8, China began
building one of the world's longest bridges. The 22-mile, $1.4
billion bridge across Hangzhou Bay, linking Shanghai to the port of
Ningbo, was set for completion in 2009.
(AP, 6/9/03)(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A16)
2003 Jun 20, China said it will
move 42,000 soldiers to civilian jobs this year as part of efforts
to shrink the world's largest military.
2003 Jun 23, India's PM Atal
Bihari Vajpayee, making the first visit to China by a leader of his
nation in a decade, told his Premier Wen Jiabao that he hoped for
friendship and trust between the nuclear-armed former rivals.
2003 Jun 24, The WHO lifted its
warning against travel to Beijing due to SARS.
(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A7)
2003 Jun 29, Hong Kong and
China signed a free-trade agreement, the Closer Economic Partnership
(AP, 6/29/03)(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.11)
2003 Jun, China began a new
$15.7 billion investment fund as an alternative to its dilapidated
(WSJ, 8/26/03, p.C1)
2003 Jul 4, Landslides in
central China caused by torrential rains killed 21 people as river
waters ran at their highest level in more than a decade,
2003 Jul 4, A coal mine
explosion in northeastern China killed 22 people and injured 6
2003 Jul 11, In China a
mudslide left 50 people missing in Sichuan province.
2003 Jul 14, In China
Yang Bin (40), a Chinese-born Dutch citizen, was convicted of fraud
and bribery and sentenced to 18 years in prison. The orchid-selling
tycoon was once ranked by Forbes magazine as China's second-richest
(AP, 7/14/03)(SFC, 7/15/03, p.A11)
2003 Jul 14, In China a
mountain on a tributary of the Three Gorges gave way killing 13
farmers. A large tongue of land was sheered into the water and a
resulting wave crashed over 20 boats killing 11 fisherman.
(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)
2003 Jul 19, In southern China
a bus plunged more than 300 feet off a cliff, killing 23 people.
2003 Jul 21, In southwest China
a magnitude-6.2 earthquake toppled thousands of mud-brick houses in
a mountainous area, killing at least 16 people and injuring more
than 300 others.
2003 Jul 28, In northern China
a blast ripped through a fireworks factory in Wangkou, killing 29
people and injuring at least 141.
2003 Jul, China's foreign
reserves reached a record $356 billion.
(Econ, 8/30/03, p.54)
2003 Jul, China said that
newspapers run by county level governments and Communist Party
committees would be axed by the end of September except for those
with an advertising revenue of over 4m yuan ($480,000) annually.
(Econ, 10/4/03, p.42)
2003 Aug 4, In China’s Qiqihar
city one person died and 43 people were injured after construction
workers broke open several barrels of World War II mustard gas
abandoned by Japanese troops. In 2010 a Tokyo court rejected
compensation claims by a group of Chinese plaintiffs, who demanded
the Japanese government pay 1.43 billion yen ($16 million) in
2003 Aug 11, In northern China
a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing at least 33
miners and leaving nine missing.
2003 Aug 13, Chinese
researchers reported that they had created hybrid embryos of human
and rabbit DNA as a source for stem cells.
(SFC, 8/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Aug 18, In Shanxi
province, China, there was a gas explosion in a coal mine where 27
miners were working. At least 25 were killed.
2003 Aug 22, In northern China
a bus swerving to avoid an oil truck ran off a highway and plunged
into a ravine, killing 27 people.
2003 Aug 26, A hidden cache of
fireworks exploded in a town in China's southeast, killing at least
20 people in the 2nd such disaster to strike the same county in one
2003 Sep 1, State media
reported that China will cut an additional 200,000 soldiers as part
of efforts to modernize its armed forces.
2003 Sep 2, Typhoon Dujuan
slammed into the southern Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen, killing
at least 20 people and causing extensive damage to parts of the
country's showcase economic development zone.
2003 Sep 2, The official Xinhua
News Agency reported that heavy flooding in northern China has
killed 38 people with another 34 people missing since Aug 24.
2003 Sep 2, In Inner Mongolia a
locust plague, Oedaleus decorus asiaticus, was reported to have
affected some 47 million acres of grasslands.
(WSJ, 9/2/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 2, Two South China
tigers, the first ever to leave the country, arrived in South Africa
as part of a project to save the endangered species.
2003 Sep 3, In China Typhoon
Dujuan killed at least 32 people.
(WSJ, 9/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 23, China signed
agreements with Russia and four Central Asian neighbors (Uzbekistan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan) in an effort to strengthen a
7-year-old security alliance and encourage economic links across a
largely undeveloped region.
2003 Sep, The Chinese
government permitted US educators and a British prep school to
operate a school for kindergarten and high school students. A ban on
foreign-run elementary and middle schools remained in force.
(SFC, 12/26/03, p.D1)
2003 Sep, Wal-Mart opened a
superstore in Namchang, China, and over 100,000 jammed the aisles.
The company 1st entered China in 1996 through a joint-venture
2003 Oct 1, In China new rules
took effect that eliminate a requirement for couples to get the
permission of their employers before they tie the knot.
2003 Oct 8, China was reported
to have taken the first step toward recognizing the Himalayan
territory of Sikkim as a part of India, resolving a long-standing
border dispute. Sikkim, located between Nepal and the kingdom of
Bhutan, was an independent principality before it was annexed by
India in 1975.
2003 Oct 9, In central China an
underground flood in a coal mine trapped 18 miners.
2003 Oct 11, In China the 16th
Communist Party Congress began in Beijing. The 4-day meeting
included debates on reforms toward private property, a more stable
legal system and measures to encourage private investments.
(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 12, In China Ma
Yong (43), was arrested and accused of robbing and killing 12 women
in southern China over a five-month period, preying on job seekers
in the boomtown of Shenzhen. Duan Zhiqun (20), his female partner,
was arrested Oct 23.
2003 Oct 12, In southern China
an explosion in a coal mine killed 7 miners, while the bodies of 4
miners killed in an underground flood were pulled from a shaft in a
2003 Oct 14, China's ruling
communists closed a secretive 4-day meeting aimed at pushing ahead
with market reforms and said a revision to the country's
constitution had been endorsed.
2003 Oct 15, In China Shenzhou
5 launched into orbit with air force Lt. Col. Yang Liwei (38)
aboard, making China the third nation to put a human in space on its
own, after the former Soviet Union and the United States. The launch
was made from the space center at Jiuquan. His capsule landed in
Mongolia the next day.
(AP, 10/15/03)(SFC, 10/16/03, p.A3)(SSFC,
7/15/07, p.D5)(Econ, 10/24/09, SR p.13)
2003 Oct 23, Chinese officials
reported that accidents in China's mines and factories killed 11,449
people in the first nine months of this year despite a nationwide
2003 Oct 23, Soong May-ling
(b.1896), aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek, died in NYC. She became one of
the world's most famous women as she helped her husband fight the
Japanese during World War II and later the Chinese Communists. In
2009 Hannah Pakula authored “Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of
10/24/03)(SSFC, 12/27/09, Books, p.E3)
2003 Oct 24, Chinese President
Hu Jintao became the first Asian leader to address Australia's
2003 Oct 25, In northwestern
China powerful twin tremors, minutes apart, killed nine people and
leveled houses in Gansu province.
2003 Nov 3, In China Yang Zhiya
(Yang Xinhai, Yang Xinhua), an ex-convict dumped by his girlfriend,
was arrested in northern Hebei province for the stabbing murders of
67 people and 23 rapes. Xinhai was sentenced to death on Feb 1,
2004. He was executed Feb 14.
(AP, 11/15/03)(AP, 2/1/04)(AP, 2/14/04)
2003 Nov 5, Chinese tycoon
Aikelamu Aishayoufu was reported to be missing. His Xinjiang Hops
Co. ran up liabilities totaling $100 million.
(WSJ, 11/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 11, In Beijing former
President Clinton called on China and the US to overcome their
differences on trade, saying the two powers must learn to work
together to conquer common threats like AIDS, terrorism and global
2003 Nov 14, China and India
began 1st ever joint naval exercises.
(SFC, 11/13/03, p.A7)
2003 Nov 22, In China a gas
explosion at the Sundian coal mine in Hunan province killed 14
people, while 9 were still missing.
2003 Nov 24, The US Dept. of
Commerce said it would impose tariffs on Chinese-made television
sets that it ruled were being sold below fair market price in the
(SFC, 11/27/03, p.C3)
2003 Nov 29, China said it
broke diplomatic relations with Kiribati after the tiny Pacific
island nation opened ties with rival Taiwan.
2003 Nov, In China Jiang Lijun
(39) was sentenced to four years in prison for posting Internet
articles calling for the overthrow of the Communist Party. In 2006
it was reported that Yahoo's Hong Kong unit gave authorities a draft
e-mail that had been saved on Jiang's account. Yahoo also provided
information in the cases of Li Zhi and Shi Tao.
2003 Nov, Drought conditions in
China's Hunan province forced Changsha, the provincial capital, to
institute rolling blackouts.
(Econ, 3/27/04, p.43)
2003 Dec 1, A strong earthquake
rumbled through a swath of western China's mountainous Xinjiang
region, killing at least 11 people and collapsing hundreds of homes
in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture near the border with Kazakhstan.
2003 Dec 5, Shanghai's
government reported that its population has surged to more than 20
million people, soaring by 3 million over the past year amid a flood
of job seekers from other parts of China.
2003 Dec 6, In the beach resort
of Sanya, China, Miss Ireland, 19-year-old Rosanna Davison, won the
Miss World competition. Second place went to Miss Canada, Nazanin
Afshin-Jam, while the host country's Miss China, Guan Qi, took
2003 Dec 9, Shanghai reported
plans to ban bicycles from its major roads next year, banishing
China's most popular form of transportation to make more room for
2003 Dec 9, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao visited with Pres. Bush for talks on trade, Taiwan and other
(WSJ, 12/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 10, It was reported
that China was forcibly repatriating some 100 North Korean refugees
each week and the 852 were detained in camps awaiting deportation.
(SFC, 12/10/03, p.A16)
2003 Dec 11, In China's far
northwest a coal mine fire in Urumqi killed nine miners, and rescue
efforts were hampered by repeated gas explosions.
2003 Dec 12, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao arrived in Mexico in a bid to extend a string of recent
diplomatic and economic successes in North America. In 2002 China
shipped $6.3 billion in goods to Mexico, undercutting many local
(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A22)(AP, 12/12/03)
2003 Dec 13, Chinese Premier
Web Jiabao sought to assure Mexican leaders that their country's
economy is not threatened by China's lower wages and cheaper goods,
saying the two nations are partners, not rivals.
2003 Dec 15, From China it was
reported that Liu Dalin (71), founder and curator of the Chinese
Sexual Culture Museum, was moving his collection from Shanghai to
Tongli. His 3,700 items covered 6,000 years of human sexuality in
the world's most populous nation.
2003 Dec 17, China Life,
China's biggest life insurer, debuted on the NY stock exchange.
(Econ, 12/20/03, p.104)
2003 Dec 19, China said it has
issued rules restricting exports of missile, nuclear and biological
technologies that can be used to make or deliver weapons of mass
2003 Dec 22, China put forth
legislation to change its constitution to protect private property
rights for the first time since the 1949 communist revolution, a key
step in making capitalism its economy's driving force.
2003 Dec 23, A blowout occurred
at a natural gas field near Chongqing in Kaixian County. Fumes from
the gas well in China's southwest killed at least 233 people and
forced some 41,000 to flee a 10-square-mile death zone. Technicians
capped it Dec 27.
(AP, 12/25/03)(SFC, 12/27/03, p.A8)(SFC,
2003 Dec 25, China announced
steps to reduce overexpansion.
(SFC, 12/26/03, p.A3)
2003 Dec 26, In northern China
a fire raced through coal mine in Wu'an, a city in Hebei province,
killing 26 miners.
2003 Dec 27, China announced
its first suspected SARS case since July.
2003 Dec 29, China reported
that the China State Shipbuilding Corp. has broken ground on what it
says will be the world's biggest shipyard, a high-tech facility
capable of producing cruise ships and natural gas tankers at the
mouth of the Yangtze.
2003 Dec 30, In northeast China
an explosion at a fireworks factory in Tieling, Liaoning province,
killed at least 29 people. Authorities soon ordered more than 2,000
fireworks factories closed after a series of fatal explosions
"sounded warning bells for the industry."
(AP, 12/30/03)(AP, 1/3/04)
2003 Dec 31, China offered to
allow Taiwan to fly unlimited numbers of direct charter flights to
the mainland in 2004, if the island's government agrees to allow
Chinese airlines to do the same the following year.
2003 In China journalists Chen
Guidi and Wu Chuntao authored “Will the Boat Sink the Water,” a look
at peasant life in southeast China. It sold some 250,000 copies
before authorities took it off the shelves. Pirated copies continued
to sell. In 2006 it was translated to English.
(WSJ, 7/6/06, p.D8)
2003 China’s President Hu
Jintao launched his “Scientific Outlook on Development.”
(Econ., 3/7/15, p.45)
2003 China moved to revitalize
the old north-east industrial bases following rising unemployment
and mass protests.
(Econ, 1/3/15, p.31)
2003 In China for the 1st time
in over two decades people in Beijing got their names on ballot
papers without official backing in elections to district people’s
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.48)
2003 China began building wire
fences on major defection North Korean routes along the Tumen River.
Since September 2006, China began building wire fences along the
2003 China Central Television
launched a 24-hour news channel.
(Econ, 2/6/15, p.42)
2003 The Shanghai Tatler
magazine was set up by owners of the Hong Kong Tatler, modeled on
(Econ, 1/3/04, p.27)
2003 The China Banking
Regulatory Commission was carved out of the central bank.
(Econ, 10/29/05, p.72)
2003 In China Hony Capital, a
private equity firm, was founded by John Zhao. By 2012 it was
China’s leading private equity firm.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.69)
2003 Chinese Internet users
protested the beating to death in jail of a man arrested for failing
to carry the right identity documents. This led to the scrapping of
a decades old law giving police sweeping powers to detain anyone
suspected of staying without a permit in a place other than his
registered home town.
(Econ, 4/29/06, p.30)
2003 China executed 726 people,
nearly two-thirds of the world's known court-ordered executions, and
violated its own law by killing at least one man for a crime
committed at age 16, according to a 2004 report by Amnesty Int'l.
Publicly admitted executions in China soared to over 7,000 this year
due to a “strike hard” crackdown on crime.
(AP, 4/7/04)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.69)
2003 Yang Xiuzhu, a senior
Chinese official who oversaw construction projects in the booming
eastern province of Zhejiang, got wind that anti-corruption
investigators were looking into her affairs. She boarded a flight to
Singapore. A few days later Yang changed her name and flew to New
York. Local authorities said in 2004 she accepted kickbacks from
property developers of more than 250 million yuan ($40.62 million)
China filed an arrest warrant for her through Interpol and in 2005
she was detained in Amsterdam. As of 2014 she was still in the
2003 Coca-Cola test-marketed
its “fruit pulp orange” drink in China and began rolling it out
across the country with great success.
(Econ, 3/3/07, p.68)
2003 William C. Hsiao, senior
professor of economics at Harvard, launched a program in Xinlian,
China, to help residents monitor and publicize the quality of health
care. Village doctors in China made most of their money selling
(WSJ, 2/13/07, p.A1)
2003 In China the local
government of Hongwei acknowledged the seriousness of local
pollution and called on Daqing Lianhua, a subsidiary of PetroChina,
to relocate villagers.
(Econ, 9/29/07, p.47)
2003 In 2005 estimates of
Chinese labor unrest for 2003 noted some 60,000 protests with a 17%
annual increase over the past decade.
(WSJ, 4/18/05, p.A16)
2003 China signed the WHO’s
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control but did little to cut
smoking. Tobacco taxes accounted for some 7.5% of fiscal revenue at
all levels of government.
(Econ, 7/9/16, p.36)
2003 The world’s first
electronic cigarette was invented in Beijing.
(Econ, 6/13/15, p.44)
2003 Chinese researchers at the
State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the China Agricultural
University introduced human genetic coding into the DNA of Holstein
dairy cow embryos, then transferred the embryos into cow surrogates.
This followed years of testing on mice. By June, 2011, over 300
cloned cattle lived on an experimental farm in suburban Beijing,
with new calves delivered every week.
2003 In 2006 China said its
first confirmed human death from bird flu was in 2003, two years
earlier than previously reported, showing that the virus was present
on the mainland before the latest outbreak was first disclosed
elsewhere in Asia.
2003 China's growth rate for
the year was measured at 9.1%.
(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2003 India changed its verbiage
on Tibet to say that the Tibet Autonomous Region is part of China as
opposed to the previous description of Tibet as an autonomous region
(Econ, 11/18/06, p.16)
2003 The Lao government signed
a 30-year agreement with a Hong Kong-registered company to set up a
1,640-hectare special economic zone built with expertise from China.
The population of the Golden City in Boten peaked at 10,000, but
dwindled to 2,000 in 2011 after China’s foreign ministry warned
citizens not to gamble there.
(Econ, 5/28/11, p.46)
2004 Jan 1, China began running
the world's 1st commercially operated maglev train in Shanghai. The
German-built system spanned 18 miles.
(SFC, 1/10/04, p.E4)
2004 Jan 1, Hong Kong began a
de facto free-trade agreement with mainland China.
(SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2004 Jan 3, In China a fire
broke out on an overcrowded bus along an expressway that connects
Shanghai with the eastern city of Nanjing, killing at least 12
people and injuring 14.
2004 Jan 3, In China a
landslide crushed five houses, killing at least 14 people in
northern Shanxi province.
2004 Jan 5, China confirmed its
first SARS case since an outbreak of the disease was contained in
July and authorities ordered the emergency slaughter of some 10,000
civet cats and related species after tests linked a virus found in
the animals to the patient.
2004 Jan 6, China began a mass
eradication of some 10,000 civet cats to stem a suspected link to
(SFC, 1/7/04, p.A14)
2004 Jan 8, Chinese state media
reported that authorities had dismissed 44,701 police between August
and November in 2003 for lacking job qualifications, corruption or
other offenses in a campaign to raise policing standards.
2004 Jan 10, China reported a
3rd suspected SARS infection involved a 35-year-old man in Guangdong
(AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/13/04, p.D5)
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that China might inject $40 billion into its Industrial and
Commercial Bank. 2 other state-run lenders, Bank of China and China
Construction Bank, split $45 billion in transfers from foreign
exchange reserves a week earlier.
(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 17, The Chinese
government confirmed two more SARS patients, bringing the total
number this year to three.
2004 Jan 22, The Chinese New
Year (Lunar Year 4702) ushered in the Year of the Monkey. In Korea
the event is called Solnal and in Vietnam it is called Tet. The
Chinese New Year marked a traditional time of settling debts.
Migrant workers in the Chinese construction industry were reportedly
owed over $40 billion in back pay.
(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 26, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in France, with European ministers considering
Beijing's request that they lift an arms embargo imposed after the
killing of Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989.
2004 Jan 30, The Chinese
government said audits aimed at ferreting out corruption in China
uncovered $8 billion in misused or embezzled funds and widespread
irregularities that produced "serious losses" of state assets.
2004 Jan 31, China’s
oil-refining boss signed a deal to buy crude oil from Gabon. Pres.
Hu Jintao visited Gabon the next day.
(Econ, 2/7/04, p.45)
2004 Feb 1, China reported 5
more cases of the avian influenza virus.
(SFC, 2/2/04, p.A4)
2004 Feb 5, A lantern festival
marking the end of China's Lunar New Year celebrations erupted into
a stampede, killing at least 37 people and injuring 15.
2004 Feb 6, Chinese state-run
media reported regulators have given preliminary approval for a
private airline to be set up in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
2004 Feb 9, Culturecom Holdings
Ltd. of Hong Kong unveiled a DVD player and word-processing device
built with chips developed by Chinese computer scientist Chu
Bong-foo. Chu found a way to put Asia characters in position to
command binary code.
(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 10, The US broke
ground for a new U.S. Embassy compound in the Chinese capital,
billed by the American government as the largest State Department
project ever built on foreign soil.
2004 Feb 11, A gas explosion in
a coal mine in southern China killed 24 miners.
2004 Feb 12, Wang Huaizhong
(57), a former Chinese provincial vice governor, was executed in
Shandong province for taking more than $600,000 in bribes.
2004 Feb 14, China executed
Yang Xinhua (38), a man convicted of murdering 67 people, in what
media said might be the country's longest killing spree in modern
history. Yang was convicted of 67 killings and 23 rapes in Henan and
three other provinces. His crime spree began in 2001 following
release from a labor camp and ended with his capture in November.
2004 Feb 15, In northeastern
China a fire swept through a shopping center, killing 51 people and
injuring dozens more. Hours later, a fire in a temple in the
country's southeast killed 39 people. The 2 blazes killed at least
(AP, 2/15/04)(AP, 2/15/05)
2004 Feb 23, In northeastern
China a coal mine explosion killed at least 24 miners as rescue
workers scrambled to find 13 more trapped miners.
2004 Feb 23, Envoys from 6
nations gathered in Beijing for talks on the North Korean nuclear
(WSJ, 2/24/04, p.A1)
2003 Feb 28, It was reported
that China’s foreign exchange reserves were $730 billion.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.72)
2004 Feb 29, In central China a
bus carrying migrant workers to faraway factory jobs plunged off a
mountain road, killing 12 and injuring 35.
2004 Mar 1, An explosion in an
unlicensed coal mine in northern China killed 28 miners.
2004 Mar 2, In China
authorities shut down water supplies after a combination of
synthetic ammonia and nitrogen from the Sichuan General Chemical
Factory leaked into the Tuo River. Nearly 1 million people were left
without water for drinking and bathing.
2004 Mar 5, China's Premier Wen
Jiabao addressed the 2,904-member legislature and turned attention
and resources to the hundreds of millions of citizens who work the
(AP, 3/5/04)(SFC, 3/06/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 6, China handed its
enormous military a double-digit spending increase in a show of
support. According to China's 2004 budget, military spending for the
PLA will rise 11.6 percent this year, an increase of $2.6 billion.
2004 Mar 7, in China's Muslim
Xinjiang region the No. 2 Mine of the Hami Coal Co. flooded. 25
managed to escape while rescuers worked desperately to save
survivors. Rescue workers saved 15 coal miners trapped in a flooded
shaft, but seven miners were still missing.
2004 Mar 8, China's parliament
began discussing a constitutional amendment that would protect
private property for the first time since the 1949 communist
2004 Mar 9, China reported that
it would scrap the 8% tax on farmers' crops over the next 5 years.
The vestige of feudalism was established 4,000 years ago during the
2004 Mar 12, Chinese state
media reported that a 1,930-mile railway project to link China and
Europe was announced by Kanat Zhangaskin, vice president of the
Kazakhstan National Railway Co.
2004 Mar 14, China took
symbolic steps toward a more capitalist society, amending its
constitution to protect private property rights and formalizing a
former president's once-unthinkable legacy, inviting entrepreneurs
to join the Communist Party.
2004 Mar 16, China declared
victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out"
all of its known cases, while a factory worker in Thailand became
Asia's 23rd victim of the virus.
2004 Mar 23, Chen Zhongwei
(74), a Chinese surgeon credited with pioneering the process of
reattaching severed limbs, died. Chen successfully reattached the
severed right hand of an injured factory worker in 1963, in the
first operation of its kind.
2004 Mar 25, China's Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing, arriving home from North Korea, saying his
three-day trip yielded an agreement from that country's reclusive
leader to "push forward" toward a third round of talks on its
2004 Apr 5, China promised $122
million to Pres. Skerritt in return for revoking Dominica’s
recognition of Taiwan.
(Econ, 4/10/04, p.29)
2004 Apr 6, China issued a
major ruling on how Hong Kong chooses its leaders, saying the
territory must submit proposed political reforms to Beijing for
2004 Apr 8, In China PM Wen
Jiabao suspended plans for a huge dam system on the Nu River in
western China due to environmental concerns.
(SFC, 4/9/04, p.A10)
2004 Apr 10, A coal mine
explosion trapped five miners underground in a northeastern Chinese
city where more than 150 miners have been killed in the past year.
2004 Apr 11, China’s People’s
Bank, in an effort to slow the growth in money supply, raised bank
reserve requirements from 7 to 7.5%, the 3rd increase in 8 months.
(Econ, 4/17/04, p.71)
2004 Apr 13, Authorities in
Shanghai announced that divorced couples who remarry will be allowed
to have a second child.
2004 Apr 14, China began
offering free AIDS tests to anyone who wants one and free treatment
for infected people who can't afford.
2004 Apr 16, Yu Zhendong, a
fugitive Chinese banker accused of helping embezzle $485 million
from his state-owned bank, was returned to China by U.S.
2004 Apr 16, A Chinese
newspaper reported that China over the last few months had arrested
nearly a dozen military officers — including at least four generals
— on charges of spying for rival Taiwan.
2004 Apr 16, In Chongqing,
China, leaking chlorine gas exploded at a chemical plant, killing at
least 7 people and forcing 150,000 to flee their homes.
(AP, 4/17/04)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 18, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il crossed into China in a special train for a
summit to discuss the North's nuclear weapons program with the
2004 Apr 19, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il reportedly held talks with Chinese President Hu
Jintao about the North's nuclear arms program and requests for
2004 Apr 20, China urged North
Korean leader Kim Jong Il to rethink his demands for a written U.S.
pledge not to attack, saying only a softer line can ease the
standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
2004 Apr 20, Yang Xiuzhu,
former vice-mayor of Wenzhou and vice-director of China’s Zhejiang
Provincial Construction Bureau, fled abroad as investigations began
on bribery charges. She was believed to have taken bribes of 253.2
million yuan (US$30 million).
(http://tinyurl.com/aza8m)(Econ, 6/4/05, p.42)
2004 Apr 20, Chinese state
media reported that from April last year, about 50 to 60 infants
died from malnutrition after being fed a milk formula with virtually
no nutritional value.
(AP, 4/20/04)(SFC, 4/21/04, p.A8)
2004 Apr 23, China confirmed
two cases of SARS and said the mother of one patient has died,
apparently the first SARS fatality in the country since July.
2004 Apr 26, Mainland China
dealt a crushing blow to Hong Kong's hopes for full democracy, when
its most powerful legislative panel ruled the territory won't have
direct elections for its next leader in 2007 or for all its
lawmakers in 2008.
2004 Apr 27, The Chinese
government said it had shut down a U.S. visa information center in
Shanghai because of complaints of overcharging.
2004 Apr 27, It was reported
that China planned to consolidate some 35,000 rural cooperatives
over the next 3 years to about 3,000. The government estimated
cooperative bad loans at 26% of the total loans.
(WSJ, 4/27/04, p.A16)
2004 Apr, China released Chen
Gang, a factory worker who helped to organize a strike during
China's 1989 pro-democracy protests.
2004 May 1, Shanghai Tobacco,
maker of Panda and other cigarette brands, embarked on a campaign to
extend Panda beyond the political and military elite. WHO statistics
held that China accounts for 30% of the 5.5 trillion cigarettes
consumed daily world-wide.
(WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)
2004 May 3, A car packed with
explosives went off as a bus carried Chinese engineers to a port
project in remote southwestern Pakistan, killing 3 of them and
injuring 11 other people.
2004 May 4, Pakistan and China
signed a deal for the construction of a nuclear power plant, the
second such plant to be built in Pakistan with Beijing's help.
2004 May 5, In central China
shelves stacked high with garlic collapsed and killed 15 workers at
a cold-storage warehouse in Zhenghou.
2004 May 5, British-based
SABMiller launched an unsolicited HK$4.3 billion ($550m) bid for
Harbin Brewery, China’s 4th largest brewer.
(Econ, 5/8/04, p.61)
2004 May 9, The Chinese
government warned that AIDS is continuing to spread and estimated
that there were some 840,000 carriers of the disease.
(SFC, 5/10/04, p.A3)
2004 May 17, China and
Kazakhstan agreed to build a 744-mile crude oil pipeline to send an
initial 10 million tons of Kazakh oil to Xinjiang by 2006.
(WSJ, 6/17/04, p.A16)
2004 May 18, An explosion and a
fire at two coal mines in northern China killed at least 22 workers
and trapped 25.
2004 May 26, African and Latin
American leaders meeting in China urged rich countries to fight
terrorism by sharing wealth, not through military intervention.
2004 May 30, In southwest China
a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried a village in
Guizhou province, killing 8 people.
2004 May 31, Newbridge Capital,
an American private equity firm, became the 1st foreign financial to
gain control of a Chinese bank with an 18% stake in Shenzhen
Development Bank and majority control of the board.
(Econ, 6/5/04, p.70)
2004 May, In Fujian province
angry mobs in Fuan city gutted at least 3 villas of wealthy
residents accused of defrauding investors in an informal network of
unregistered credit associations known as biaohui.
(Econ, 7/17/04, p.46)
2004 May, A Japanese consulate
worker in Shanghai committed suicide. Japanese newspapers later
reported the official took his life because Chinese officials were
pressuring him for secret information, using a "woman problem" as
leverage. China accused Japan of deliberately smearing China's
2004 Jun 1, Anheuser-Busch
offered HK$5.58 per share for China’s Harbin Brewery Group Ltd. 2
days later SABMiller withdrew its HK$4.30 offer.
(WSJ, 6/4/04, p.A3)
2004 Jun 9, A Chinese state
newspaper said 1 baby died and 20 were hospitalized with severe
malnutrition in eastern China after drinking low-quality milk
powder, two months after a nationwide crackdown on fake infant
2004 Jun 15, It was reported
that China had ordered water prices increased for the 1st time since
the founding of the People’s Republic due to strains on supplies
(WSJ, 6/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 26, In Beijing, China,
4 days of talks on North Korea’s nuclear program ended with a
promise for further discussion.
(SSFC, 6/27/04, p.A24)
2004 Jun 28, The European Union
denied China's request to be officially recognized as a market
economy, saying that an assessment of the Chinese economy showed too
much state interference and poor corporate governance.
2004 Jun, A pilot Confucius
Institute program, designed to promote the study of Chinese abroad,
was established in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The first Confucius
Institute was then established in Seoul on Nov 21, 2004. The 75th
was established in Cracow, Poland, in 2006. In 2017 there were some
500 institutes in 140 countries.
2004 Jul 2, China began
censoring telephone text messages to “block the dissemination of
illicit news and information.”
(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A2)
2004 Jul 2, Shanghai police
raided the apartment of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III in a joint
US-Chinese operation against pirated DVDs. They seized 210,000
pirated DVD copies.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2004 Jul 13, It was reported
that the bid price for a car license plate in Shanghai had surged to
$4,133 in May.
(WSJ, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 27, The official
Xinhua News Agency said Chinese authorities have shut down 700
pornographic Web sites in less than two weeks as part of a massive
campaign to clean up the Internet.
Aug 4, In China a school employee with a history of schizophrenia
slashed 15 students and three teachers with a kitchen knife at a
Beijing kindergarten, killing one child and leaving terrified
classmates covered in blood.
2004 Aug 6-2004 Aug 8, Up to
100,000 rock and rollers crowded a remote desert venue in China's
isolated Ningxia province over the weekend for a three-day festival
featuring the nation's oldest and best bands.
2004 Aug 10, In southwest China
a 5.6 earthquake killed four and injured nearly 600 in Yunnan
province. More than 125,000 people were left homeless and cracked
walls in reservoirs posed a threat to villages downstream.
2004 Aug 11, Huang Jingao,
chief of Fujian’s Lianjiang County, posted on open letter on the
Internet accusing colleagues of confiscating land from peasants and
selling it a below-market prices to developers in exchange for
bribes. In 2005 Jingao was sentenced to life in prison following a
year-long campaign by party authorities to silence and discredit
(SFC, 11/11/05, p.A3)
2004 Aug 13, Typhoon Rananim
weakened to a tropical storm. The death toll from Rananim rose to
115, after it slammed into the China's southeastern coast.
2004 Aug 16, General Motors
said it will start making Cadillacs in China this year, joining a
race by foreign luxury car brands to sell to the country's newly
2004 Aug 16, In China villagers
in an eastern province dug with farm tools to search for 24 people
missing in massive landslides unleashed by Typhoon Rananim.
2004 Aug 17, A US research
institute said India is projected to outpace China and become the
world's most populous country by 2050, growing by 50 percent in the
next 46 years to reach more than 1.6 billion people.
2004 Aug 20, China said it
would offer 10-year residency permits to “high-level” foreigners,
who bring in important investments or business skills.
(WSJ, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 23, It was reported
that China recorded its 1st ever agricultural trade deficit, $3.73
billion, for the 1st half of this year.
(WSJ, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 24, China evacuated
hundreds of thousands of people as Typhoon Aere lashed neighboring
Taiwan, triggering landslides and disruption and leaving at least
seven people feared dead and one missing.
2004 Aug 26, Typhoon Aere
crashed into mainland China prompting the evacuation of nearly a
million people, as the death toll climbed to 35 after a mudslide
killed 15 villagers in Taiwan.
2004 Aug 27, Liu Xiang
(b.1983), Chinese hurdler, set a record and won Olympic gold in
Athens in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 12.91 seconds
equaling the 1993 time of Colin Jackson.
2004 Aug 27, It was reported
that SABMiller was investing $82.2 million to build a brewery in
Dongguan, Guangdong province, China.
(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A10)
2004 Aug, The World Bank
estimated that pollution is causing China and annual 8-12% of its
$1.4 trillion GDP in direct damage.
(Econ, 8/21/04, p.56)
2004 Sep 2, The first Chinese
tourists to visit Paris, French, on an official tour group were
treated to a full taste of its charms.
2004 Sep 6, In southwest China
at least 90 people were killed and 77 were missing after some of the
worst rainstorms in recent years triggered landslides and flash
2004 Sep 7, In southwestern
China floods unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 161
people and left dozens more missing, prompting authorities to put
the massive Three Gorges hydroelectric project on alert.
(AP, 9/7/04)(WSJ, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 10, Li Yuanjiang, the
former editor-in-chief of one of China's biggest newspapers, the
Guangzhou Daily, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking
bribes. Guangzhou is the capital and the sub-provincial city of
Guangdong Province in southern mainland China. The city was formerly
known internationally as Canton, after a French language
transliteration of the name of the province in Cantonese.
2004 Sep 19, Former President
Jiang Zemin turned over his last major post as chairman of the
commission that runs China's military to his successor, Hu Jintao
(61), completing the country's first peaceful leadership transition
since its 1949 revolution.
2004 Sep 20, Russia's embattled
Yukos oil giant raised the stakes in its bitter standoff with the
Kremlin as the company slashed supplies to China in a move analysts
said was designed to cause maximum embarrassment in Moscow.
2004 Sep 21, China's PM Wen
Jiabao hailed a series of agreements with neighboring Kyrgyzstan
including an agreement on the thorny issue of the countries' common
2004 Sep 25, In southwest China
a swollen river swept a bus off a bridge, and about 30 passengers
2004 Sep 25, Ma Chengyuan (77),
former president of the renowned Shanghai Museum, died. He saved
priceless artifacts from marauding Red Guards during the Cultural
2004 Oct 1, G7 ministers met in
Washington DC. Chinese officials were invited to attend for the 1st
(Econ, 10/2/04, p.11)
2004 Oct 7, US President George
W. Bush told Chinese President Hu Jintao in a phone conversation
that he supports reunifying Taiwan with the mainland but warned
against "any unilateral attempt" to do so.
2004 Oct 9, French President
Jacques Chirac declared that France was a natural trade partner to
China and, amid a flurry of air, rail and energy deals.
2004 Oct 13, In Shanghai,
China, the Houston Rockets, featuring Yao Ming, played an exhibition
basketball game against the Sacramento Kings. Advertisers paid some
$10 million to sponsor the game and another in Beijing.
(WSJ, 10/15/04, p.B1)
2004 Oct 13, Russia and China
settled a dispute over their 2,700-mile border during a visit by
(WSJ, 10/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 20, China formally
arrested Zhao Yan, a New York Times researcher, who was detained Sep
16 for allegedly leaking state secrets. The crime could be
punishable by death.
2004 Oct 20, In central China a
gas explosion ripped through a coal shaft at the Daping Mine in
Henan province killing at least 77 miners. Dozens miners were
(AP, 10/21/04)(AP, 10/23/04)
2004 Oct 20, Senior Indian and
Chinese officials met in New Delhi, India, to discuss a long-running
border dispute between the two countries.
2004 Oct 20, The EU revamped
its trade rules. Nations with more than 15% of European market share
of any goods were set to lose their discounted tariffs. China and
India were expected to be the main losers.
(WSJ, 10/20/04, p.A15)
2004 Oct 21, China and Japan
planned emergency talks over energy rights in the disputed waters
(WSJ, 10/21/04, p.A17)
2004 Oct 21, Fu Hegong sneaked
into a Beijing kindergarten to rob it. When he was discovered, he
smothered a teacher with a quilt and killed a 5-year-old boy by
hitting him with a fire extinguisher. In 2005 Hegong (31) was
sentenced to death.
2004 Oct 24, In China the
Golden Resources Shopping Mall, the largest in the world, opened in
the Haidan district of Beijing.
2004 Oct 25, China’s state
press reported that the population will grow to nearly 1.5 billion
over the next 20 to 30 years.
2004 Oct 27-2004 Oct 31,
Violent clashes in a village in central China killed 7 people and
injured 42. Police imposed martial law in Langchenggang, Zhongmou
County, in Henan province after the fighting between hundreds of
rioters that pitted Muslim Chinese against non-Muslims.
(AP, 11/1/04)(WSJ, 11/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 28, China's central
bank raised interest rates for the first time in 9 years in a
surprise move that was aimed at guiding a heated economy onto a path
of slower growth. The rate increase .25% to 5.6%.
(Reuters, 10/28/04)(Econ, 11/6/04, p.12)
2004 Oct 28, China and Iran
signed a memorandum of understanding for an oil and gas agreement
worth tens of billions of dollars.
(WSJ, 11/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 30, A burst of
poisonous gas in a coal mine in northeast China killed 15 miners at
the Xilutian Mine in Fushun, a city in Liaoning province.
2004 Nov 6, China's central
bank said it would take a "gradual and safe" approach to loosening
the yuan-dollar peg.
2004 Nov 8, China’s state media
reported that China will selectively reduce spending to help trim
its ballooning fiscal deficit.
2004 Nov 10, Taiwan's leader,
making a new appeal to China to hold talks, urged the communist
giant to ban the development and use of weapons of mass destruction.
2004 Nov 10, Japan's navy went
on alert when a submarine was detected in Japanese waters between
the southern island of Okinawa and Taiwan. Japan soon determined
that it was Chinese nuclear submarine and incident strained
relations between two of Asia's biggest economic and military
2004 Nov 11, It was reported
that Beijing this month cancelled its bicycle registration
requirements, a move viewed by the state press as highlighting the
nation's full fledged entry into "car society" and the demise of the
bicycle as a "transportation tool."
2004 Nov 11, It was reported
that large swathes of southern and eastern China are in the grip of
their worst drought in more than 50 years, prompting calls from the
countries top leaders for better management of water conservation.
2004 Nov 12, It was reported
that Japan and China owned about a quarter of outstanding US
Treasury debt. They held $723 and $172 billion respectively.
(WSJ, 11/12/04, p.C4)
2004 Nov 15, China’s state
media reported that shortages of coal and electricity are expected
2004 Nov 17, In Maryland the
first US small office of the Chinese Confucius Institute opened at
the Univ. of Maryland. By 2009 there were over 60 such facilities
across the country offering Chinese culture to the American public.
10/24/09, SR p.10)
2004 Nov 20, In China a fire at
a complex of iron mines in Shahe, Hebei province, left 68 dead. Most
of the miners were suffocated by smoke.
2004 Nov 21, In northern China
a Bombardier CRJ-200 passenger plane crashed in an ice-covered lake
seconds after takeoff, killing all 54 people aboard and one person
on the ground after an apparent midair explosion.
(AP, 11/21/04)(WSJ, 11/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 22, Chinese President
Hu Jintao met with Fidel Castro in Havana for talks focusing on the
broadening ties between Cuba and China.
2004 Nov 25, In China Yan
Yanming (21) broke into a high school dormitory in Ruzhou with a
knife and killed 8 students. A series of knife attacks have hit
Chinese schools in recent months. Yanming was executed Jan 18, 2004.
(AP, 11/26/04)(AP, 1/20/05)
2004 Nov 28, In central China
an explosion tore through a coal mine, sending smoke from air vents
and trapping at least 166 miners in tunnels and shafts below without
communications. The death toll was later confirmed at 166.
(AP, 12/1/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.43)
2004 Nov 29, Southeast Asian
nations (ASEAN) and China signed an accord to create the world's
biggest free trade area by removing tariffs for their 2 billion
people by decade's end.
2004 Dec 2, It was reported
that United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) has forged a $100 million
agreement with Sinotrans to take direct control of its international
express operations in China's largest and most important cities by
the end of 2005.
2004 Dec 4, Miss Peru, Maria
Julia Mantilla Garcia, an aspiring high school teacher, was crowned
Miss World 2004 In Southern China.
2004 Dec 6, China and Germany
signed contracts worth $2.1 billion for Airbus jets and other
industrial goods. Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for an end to
a 15-year-old European arms embargo on China.
2004 Dec 6, A Beijing newspaper
reported that 9 out of 10 Chinese calling into a suicide-prevention
hotline in the capital are getting the busy tone, adding that
nationwide four people were killing themselves every minute.
2004 Dec 7, IBM and China’s
Lenovo Group planned a joint PC venture. Lenovo was expected to pay
some $2 billion for a majority share of IBM’s PC business. Lenovo
announced a $1.75 billion cash and stock deal to acquire a majority
interest in IBM’s PC business.
(WSJ, 12/7/04, p.A3)(SFC, 12/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 7, DragonMart, a 1.2km
dragon-shaped mall in Dubai featuring Chinese products, opened its
doors to the public as the biggest Chinese shopping mall outside of
2004 Dec 8, China’s Premier Wen
Jiabao repeated that China will move gradually to a flexible
(WSJ, 12/9/04, p.A14)
2004 Dec 8, The European Union
and China agreed to boost relations, but the EU made clear there can
be no early lifting of its 15-year-old arms embargo until Beijing
improves its human rights record.
2004 Dec 9, China reported that
its monthly trade surplus widened in November for the fourth
straight month, hitting $9.9 billion as exports surged at an annual
rate of nearly 46 percent.
2004 Dec 10, A US trade panel
gave final approval to anti-dumping duties of up to 198 percent on
imports of about $1.2 billion worth of wooden bedroom furniture from
2004 Dec 11, China ended
restrictions limiting foreign retailers to joint ventures.
(WSJ, 12/14/04, p.A13)
2004 Dec 12, In southern China
a flood at a mine trapped 36 workers in Guizhou province.
2004 Dec 12, China dropped
geographic restrictions against foreign insurers.
(WSJ, 12/13/04, p.A14)
2004 Dec 13, The Chinese
government said China and Russia will hold their first joint
military exercise next year.
2004 Dec 13, China said it will
impose duties on its exports of textiles and apparel in an effort to
alleviate the impact of eased restrictions effective Jan 1.
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.D3)
2004 Dec 17, It was reported
that China paid out $15 billion per month to keep the yuan fixed at
8.277 to the US dollar.
(WSJ, 12/17/04, p.A14)
2004 Dec 17, It was reported
that China’s growing power industry was causing global concern over
mercury accumulation in the world’s water and food supply.
(WSJ, 12/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 25, In southern China
villagers of Da Lang battled police in a riot after security forces
beat a resident to death.
(SFC, 12/27/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 30, China accused the
US of pressuring Israel not to return armed drone aircraft that were
sent back for upgrades following their purchase in the 1990s.
(WSJ, 12/31/04, p.A1)
2004 In China Jiang Rong’s
novel “The Wolf Totem” became a best seller. It was about the
struggle for life on the Mongolian grasslands during the 1966-1976
Cultural Revolution. In 2005 the Penguin Group purchased rights for
an English version.
(SFC, 9/7/05, p.E3)
2004 Mark Elvin authored “The
Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China.”
(Econ, 7/10/04, p.74)
2004 Bruce Gilley authored
“China’s Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where It Will
(Econ, 6/26/04, p.83)
2004 Chinese President Hu
Jintao visited Latin America and said that he hoped 2-way trade in
the region would reach $100 billion by 2010.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.20)
2004 China introduced new
identity cards with embedded microchips. Software limited the use to
standard characters. In 2006 a police official moved to ban
problematic characters, thereby limiting people’s choices in names.
(Econ, 4/15/06, p.44)
2004 In China some 130 mainland
securities companies lost 15 billion yuan (almost $2 billion) under
a falling stock market, a dearth of new flotations and bad
management. Losses for 2005 were later estimated to be even higher.
(Econ, 2/11/06, p.69)
2004 China experienced some
74,000 protests involving over 3.7 million people, up from 10,000 in
1994 and 58,000 in 2003.
(Econ, 10/1/05, p.38)
2004 In China Li Shiming, a
corrupt and rapacious local Communist Party secretary in Shanxi
province, beat up a farmer and cleared his land for a housing
development [see Sep 23, 2008].
(Econ, 8/22/09, p.38)
2004 China’s national tax
revenue of $318 billion came mostly from business taxes. The average
Chinese paid $16 in income tax. Authorities in 90 Chinese cities
turned some sales receipts into lottery tickets to encourage
customers to demand trackable invoices.
(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.A1)
2004 China and Hong Kong
entered into a Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The
phased agreement eliminated tariffs on Hong Kong exports and by 2005
created 29,000 jobs in Hong Kong.
(WSJ, 10/19/05, p.A11)
2004 China’s 2004 economic
growth rate was revised up to 10.1 percent from 9.5 percent
following the completion of an economic census in 2006.
2004 Chinese car sales reached
2.3 million making it the world’s 4th largest car market. It was
expected to overtake Germany in 2005 and Japan by 2010.
(Econ, 4/23/05, p.61)
2004 In China Jack Ma, founder
of Alibaba, set up an online payments system called Alipay.
(Econ, 1/1/11, p.55)
2004 A report by the World
Health Organization (WHO) said some 600 people were killed daily in
traffic accidents in China.
(SFC, 12/7/07, p.A25)
2004 Chinese made shoes
accounted for 82% of all shoes sold in the US. US quotas had been
abandoned in 1982.
(WSJ, 6/7/05, p.A13)
2004 China invested almost $150
million in Sudan this year.
(Econ, 10/28/06, p.54)
2004-2005 A Russian built nuclear reactor was
scheduled to begin operating in Lianyungang, a coastal city
northwest of Shanghai.
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