2016 in China

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  • January 1 –
    • People's Bank of China Shandong Branch announced will using coin replacing bill in 1 yuan value as testing field in 5 cities including Qingdao, Zaozhuang, Jining, Linyi and Rizhao.[1]
    • China officially transitions from its one-child policy to a two-child policy.[2]
  • January 2–9 – 2016 Shenzhen Open
  • January 4 – Chinese regulators introduce a circuit breaker in an attempt to prevent stock market crashes, halting trade.[3]
  • January – 5 members of Causeway bay books of Hong Kong, including the manager gone missing.[4][5] China's television stated that he used to have a name Gui Minhai in committing a hit-and-run crime in 2003.[6] He and his staffs gone missing mysteriously starts on December 30, 2015 and later it's confirmed that they are all in mainland China.[7]
  • January 16 – The Counsil of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank established. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang master the founding ceremony.[8]
  • January 17 – The Beijing Military Region reform as Central Battle Region.[9]
  • January 20–25 – A century cold wave hits nearly all parts of China, it is first happened in Siberia, and then goes down to hit China.[10] By January 24, it hits the Southern part of China, Guangzhou, Hong Kong has its first snow in the new century and the ninth of its recorded history.[11] It is described as the Emperor Level Blizzard.[12]
  • January 29 – After being trapped for 36 days, four miners are rescued from a collapsed mine in Baotai, Shandong Province.[13]


  • February 1 – President Xi Jinping announced that the seven military regions transformed into five battle regions. The five battle regions are Central Battle Region, East Battle Region, West Battle Region, South Battle Region and North Battle Region.[14]
  • February 6 – A 6.4 Magnitude earthquake occurs in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


  • March – National People's Representative Conference and National Political Association Conference (The two-conferences for short) open. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang holds the two-conferences.[16]
  • March 27 – The National Party of Hong Kong is established. It advocates the independence of Hong Kong and does not recognize the Basic Law of Hong Kong.[17]
  • March 28–April 3 – 2016 China Open (snooker)
  • March 30 – China deploys anti-ship missiles on Paracel Islands. Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Hong Lei responded that it's a right thing to do for deploying national defenses equipments on its own territory.[18]


  • April – ABU Radio Song Festival 2016
  • April 13 – A building in an industrial zone of Machong County, Dongguan collapse. 18 deaths are reported.[19]
  • April 13 – 8 Taiwanese criminals out of 10 are sent back to Mainland China by Kenya. Taiwanese government protests China's working method.[20] However, the media in Taiwan agree and said the criminals should be seriously punished since the legals in Taiwan are too good for these criminals.[21]
  • April 17 – Chinese Central Television broadcasts a report on Changzhou Foreign Languages School stating hundreds of students have fallen ill from pollution.
  • April 27–May 1 – 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao


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  1. "和1元纸币说拜拜 试点硬币化纸币逐步退出市场". Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. "Top legislature amends law to allow all couples to have two children". Xinhua News Agency. 27 December 2015. 
  3. Tang, See Kit (May 4, 2016). "China's latest step to curb stocks' wild ride: Circuit breakers". CNBC. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  4. "銅鑼灣書店失蹤". 
  5. "Causeway Bay Books manager missing". 
  6. "Missing Hong Kong bookseller 'confesses' 2003 crime on Chinese TV". Juliet Perry. CNN. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  7. "Hong Kong police: Missing bookseller Lee Bo in China". Katie Hunt. CNN. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  8. "李克强出席亚投行理事会成立大会致辞". 柯立_NN5224. 中央人民政府网站. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  9. "北京军区改为中部战区 善后办副政委曝光(图)". 曹义_NN5778. 澎湃新闻网. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  10. "最强寒潮袭中国 祸首北极漩涡". 新京报. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  11. "广州迎新中国成立后首次飘雪(图)". 刘德宾 SN222. Chinanews.com. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  12. "超级寒潮速冻中东部 南方13省区市雨雪冰冻". Weather China. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  13. "Miners rescued after 36-day ordeal underground". Xinhua. January 29, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  14. 李, 宣良. "习近平宣布成立五大战区". 汪子钰_NN4690. 新华网. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  15. "外交部长王毅:中美都不承认朝鲜"拥核地位"". 郑洪昌_NN3373. CCTV. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  16. "2016全国两会". Netease.com. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  17. "港澳办8个字回应"香港民族党":严重违法 绝不可能". 熊如梦 PN040. 观察者网. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  18. "曝中国在西沙群岛部署反舰导弹 外交部:合情合理". 黄达_NN5311. Official Website of China's Foreign Ministry. 
  19. 白, 雪. "东莞麻涌龙门架倒塌18人遇难". 刘满元、董哲、汪万里、卢政、葛宇飞. 广州日报. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  20. "每年百亿诈骗赃款被卷台湾 被追回仅20万元". 谷莹_NN6577. 新快报(广州). Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  21. "台媒称台湾"诈骗独步全球" 吁大陆严刑峻法处理". 宇文杰 PN051. 环球时报. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  22. "China's Xi holds talks with Lao leader to enhance ties". Xinhua. Xinhua News Agency. May 3, 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016.