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1949 - 1956 7 Generally seen as ‘good years’ of Chinese socialism. Land is redistributed to peasants & economy grows.
1950 - 1 1 Invasion of Tibet People's Republic of China Tibetan Army
1951 Battle of Vinh Yen, UK. 28 May 29 May
1950 - 8 8 Kuomintang Islamic Insurgency in China People's Republic of China Republic of China
1956 Hundred Flowers Campaign encourages intellectuals to give their opinions about government. Many that do are sent straight to jail.
1958 - 61 3 Mao's "Great Leap Forward" 38 million deaths. an attempt to boost production through re-redistribution of land (into enormous communes) & millions of backyard furnaces. result was two failed harvests & millions of deaths from starvation
1962 Border clashes between Chinese & Indian forces in Kashmir.
1966 After a few years away from power, discredited by Great Leap Forward, Mao starts Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Cultural Revolution is a time of utter chaos where university students (and later, even younger students) formed into bands of ‘Red Guards’ & went round destroying anything redolent of West, capitalism, religion or tradition. Mao’s rivals within Party were purged, thousands of lives were ruined, health & education system collapsed, & most of China’s cultural heritage was destroyed.
1967 Ongoing Naxalite-Maoist insurgency
1969 Sino-Soviet border conflict Soviet Union China
1966 - 9 3 Mao's "Cultural Revolution" 11 million deaths
1972 Lin Biao incident sees death of Mao’s greatest ally & propagandist, Lin Biao. Historians speculate that he may have attempted a coup against Mao.
1976 Death of Mao Zedong
1976 chaos of cultural revolution ends with death of Mao. Hua Guofeng takes over, but has no real powerbase.
1977 Deng Xiaoping leads China
1978 Deng Xiaoping ousts Hua Guofeng and, for almost first time in Chinese history, allows his predecessor a relatively peaceful retirement.
1979 Vietnam-China war 30,000 deaths
1980 Deng begins policies of ‘reform & opening up’ which see China open up its economy & (to a much lesser degree) political life.
1989 Tiananmen square
1989 Violent suppression of Tiananmen Square protests dents hopes for further political reform & tarnishes China’s international image, but has little long term effect on economic progress. Jiang Zemin becomes leader, some speculate he gets leadership because of his firm ideological stance & successful handling of student protests in Shanghai.

1995 Work begins on Three Gorges Dam.
1997 Deng dies
1997 Hong Kong returns to China.
1950 Battle of Ch'ongch'on River , North Korea. 25 November 2 December China intervened in Korea, UN forces were expelled from North Korea, resulting in longest retreat in US military history
1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. 27 November 13 December UN forces inflicted heavy casualties onto Chinese forces, rendering 40 percent of all Chinese forces in Korea combat ineffective before withdrawing into South Korea
1950 - 3 3 Korean war 3 million deaths
1952 Battle of Triangle Hill, North Korea
1953 Battle of Pork Chop Hill, North Korea
1953 Battle of Kumsong, North Korea
1953 Battle of Hook, North Korea. (28 May 29 May) UN forces defeat Chinese in Korea.
1966 9 3 Korean DMZ Conflict
1968 USS Pueblo (AGER-2) capture, North Korea. 23 January North Korea seizes US ship
1973 Adan's Counterattack, North Korea.
1950 Battle of Pusan Perimeter, , South Korea. 29 July 15 September UN forces stop North Korean invasion of South Korea, counterattack in mid-September in conjunction with Battle of Inchon
1950 Pre-Korean War insurgency
1950 - 3 3 Korean War
1950 Battle of Inchon, , South Korea. 15 September 19 September UN retakes South Korea, reaches Seoul in 12 days
1951 Battle of Imjin River, South Korea. Communist Chinese victory in Korea.
1951 Battle of Kapyong, South Korea. Chinese offensive halted 23 April
1951 Battle of Bloody Ridge, South Korea. 18 August 5 September UN attack captures hill positions in central Korea
1951 Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, South Korea. 13 September 15 October After 37 days, heights fall to UN
1953 Battle of Pork Chop Hill, South Korea. (23 March 11 July) Chinese capture hill in March, UN retakes it in July.
1953 Battle of White Horse, South Korea
1998 Battle of Yeosu, South Korea.