China 1920-1990

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Sun Yat-sen dies

March 12, 1925

Chiang Kai-shek takes over leadership of nationalists

March 13, 1925

Starts two-year campaign against communists

Chiang Kai-shek orders Communists killed

1927

Communists flee to mountain stronghold

Chiang Kai-shek established as president of Nationalist Republic Of China

1928

Japanese invade Manchuria

1931

Chiang Kai-shek sends army to root out and destroy Communists

1933

Communists leave their positions, begin the Long March

1934

Japanese attempt larger invasion, Communists and Nationalists unite to repel

1937

War with Japan ends, Communist-Nationalist fighting resumes

1945

Nationalists defeated

1949

Creation of People's Republic of China

October 1, 1949

Mao calls for establishment of collective farms

1953

88 percent of Chinese peasants work on collective farms

1956

Great Leap Forward introduced

1958

Harvests among China's worst

1958 - 1960

Great Cultural Revolution

1966

End of Great Cultural Revolution

1969

Mao dies

1976

Grain x2, Oil crops x5, Meat x7, Fruit x10

1978 - 1999

80% of consumer electronics worldwide come from China

2006

Chinese economy predicted to be third largest in the world

2020

Chinese economy predicted to be second largest in the world

2050