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



  • January – The Gang of Four launches an attack on Confucius.
  • April – Deng Xiaoping visits the United Nations. Deng reiterates the split between the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union.
  • June - Zhou Enlai has surgery to remove cancer.
  • June – Doctors inform the Politburo that Mao Zedong has just over two years to live.
  • August – Richard Nixon resigns as President of the United States.
  • October - Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Qing clash at a Politburo meeting.
  • November - Peng Dehuai dies in captivity. Peng had been imprisoned since December 1966. His body is cremated under a pseudonym.