The Taiping Rebellion – from 1850-1864, angry impoverished peasants revolted against Qing officials. Millions were killed and China suffered.
Boxer Rebellion – in 1900, a group known as the Boxers assaulted foreign communities across China. Armies from the west and Japan crushed the rebellion and forced the Chinese to give foreign powers even more influence in China.
Mao Zedong emerged as the leader of the communists in the 1930’s
Mao led his followers, roughly 100,000, away from nationalists forces in 1934 in what in known as the Long March. Only about 20,000 people survived and settled in northern China where they would regroup and organize
During the Cold War, the US refused to recognize China
With the Korean War, China and the United States favored opposing sides
By the 1970’s the situation began to change. China won admission to the United Nations in 1971, Richard Nixon visited Mao in 1972, and the US officially recognized the People’s Republic of China in 1979