China’s biggest search engine, Baidu, released a report (in Chinese) on Monday, highlighting the most significant news, events, and people throughout the year in 2017. One of the lists on the report featured the “Top 10 most-searched domestic news” this year.
The initiative, first proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, is a network of transport and communications infrastructure across Asia and beyond.
Liu Guoliang, head coach of the Chinese men’s national table tennis team, was removed from active coaching duties on June 23 by China’s General Administration of Sport. In protest, three of Liu’s former athletes didn’t show up at a major international table tennis competition in Chengdu.
U.S. President Donald Trump had his first state visit to China in early November. Beijing rolled out a red carpet at the Forbidden City to welcome him. Listen to the Sinica podcast with Jane Perez on the visit.
The twice-in-a-decade Party meeting: This year, Xi Jinping thought was written into the Party constitution as his colleagues confirmed his status as “core.”
Every year in March, the Chinese government organizes a series of meetings in Beijing to approve new laws and amendments and confirm leadership positions. The event comprises two major gatherings: the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
In April, the Chinese government announced the creation of a new city: The Xiongan New Area, a special economic zone about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Beijing in Hebei Province.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Jiuzhaigou area in Sichuan Province on August 8, killing at least 19 people and injuring 247.
The Chinese government announced plans to expand urban residency permits to 100 million migrant workers by 2020.
China successfully conducted the test flight of its first home-built large passenger jet.
The regulations took effect on June 1 and stipulated the maximum amount of products one is allowed to bring into the country, in a move to crack down on freelance overseas agents (代购 dàigòu) who buy products on people’s behalf.