Objective chronological listing of significant events leading up to modern China.
February - Deng Xiaoping is allowed to go back to Beijing.
March – Deng Xiaoping takes over the day-to-day work of the Central Committee from Mao Zedong.
May – Mao Zedong indicates that Confucius has to be criticized. Beginning of a campaign to criticize Confucius and Lin Biao.
August – The Gang of Four. At Chinese Communist Party’s Tenth National Congress, Jiang Qing, Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen join together as an informal group known as the Gang of Four. Lin Biao is officially denounced. Party constitution is revised to remove Lin Biao as Mao's successor.
December - Taipei government announces a five year plan to complete ten major projects to improve infrastructure in Taiwan.