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MODERN HISTORY OF CHINA

Objective chronological listing of significant events leading up to modern China.

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1881 - 1893

  • 1882 – Chinese troops help stop a coup in Korea.
  • 1883 – Chinese troops battle the French in Vietnam.
  • 1883 – Vietnam becomes a French protectorate.
  • 1882 – Xinjiang becomes a province of China.
  • 1884 – Chinese forces put down a coup in Korea staged by Japanese troops.
  • 1885 – China and Japan agree to withdraw their forces from Korea.
  • 1885 – France gains control of Vietnam.
  • 1885 – Taiwan is established as a province of China.
  • 1886 – Britain declares Burma (Myanmar) a British possession. Burma is no longer a Chinese protectorate.
  • 1888 – Part of the naval fund is used to build the Summer Palace in Beijing.
  • 1889 – Cixi announces her retirement. Emperor Guangxu comes into power.