The first Dynasty, the Shang, controlled China.
A series of dynasties including Zhou, Qin and Han controlled the area.
Lao-Tzu life; Taoism is based on him
Confucius, a Chinese philospher, lives. His thinking about the importance of order, education, and hierarchy in a well-ordered society was named Confucianism.
Buddhism grows into an important religion in China.
European travelers began to visit China.
European powers sought access to Chinese markets; China was carved into spheres of influence controlled by Britain...
Chiang's troops fight against warlords of China and united most of the country.
Chinese Communist Party became an increasingly powerful force in China.
Deng Xiaoping (a moderate) becomes China's most powerful leader.
Qin Dynasty unites smaller states under a strong central government and established an empire.
Marco Polo sets off from Venice on a journey to China.
Manchu people invaded China and established the Qing Dynasty.
Manchus were overthrown by revolutionaries.
Sun Yat-Sen and others founded the Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party
Sun Yat-Sen dies; Chiang Kai-Shek takes over Nationalist Party.
Mao Zedong and Communists gain power in China.
Great achievement of China has been to provide health care for its enormous far-flung population.
Jiang Zemin becomes president.
Zhu Rongji becomes premier.
China's estimated population was about 1.3 billion.