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China's major events since 17th CPC National Congress

The following are some major events in the country during the past five years since the CPC's 17th National Congress was convened, according to information provided by the Party History Research Center of the CPC Central Committee:

Macao returns to China on December 20, 1999

The Joint Declaration includes the formulation: "The Government of the People's Republic of China will resume sovereignty over Macao effective December 20, 1999."

China resumes exercise of sovereignty over HK

At midnight, June 30, 1997, the Chinese and British governments held a power transferring ceremony in Hong Kong at which the Chinese government formally resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong.

Deng Xiaoping's Shenzhen Tour

In Jan 1992, Deng Xiaoping visited south China where he delivered a series of speeches aimed to clarify the muddled idea about whether the establishment of special economic zones is of "capitalism" or "socialism" in nature.