ON 7 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN
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Updated on December 7, 2019
1798: Death of-Qing Dynasty poet Yuan Mei, born in 1716
1949: The Chinese communist troops reach the borders of Indochina
1949: Chiang proclaims Taipei, Taiwan, the temporary capital of the Republic of China.
2001: Surprising resignation of Xu Kuangdi, the popular mayor of Shanghai
2012: This year’s Nobel Prize in literature winner, Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his membership in China’s Communist Party and reluctance to speak out against the country’s government, defends censorship as something as necessary as airport security checks.
2014: China slams the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case