Objective chronological listing of significant events leading up to modern China.
January - Communist forces launch the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam.
February - Liu Shaoqi is silenced after publishing a criticism of Mao Zedong.
May - Negotiations begin between North Vietnam and the United States.
May - Movement to cleanse the class ranks.
July - Mao Zedong meets with Red Guard leaders to terminate their movement. This marks an end to the first half of the Cultural Revolution. A second half with an emphasis on social reform follows and lasts until 1976.
August - Prague Spring. Popular revolt against the communist government in Czechoslovakia suppressed by Warsaw Pact troops.
September - Free public education in Taiwan is extended from six to nine years.
October – Liu Shaoqi is condemned as a traitor by the Central Committee and expelled from the Communist Party. Deng Xiaoping is dismissed from all posts, but not expelled from the Party.
October - The Red Guards are ordered to disband and go to the countryside.
November - Richard Nixon elected President of the United States.