1971 in China
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|See also:||Other events of 1971
List of years in China
Timeline of Chinese history
Events in the year 1971 in the People's Republic of China.
- Chairman of the Communist Party of China – Mao Zedong
- President of the People's Republic of China – vacant
- Premier of the People's Republic of China – Zhou Enlai
- Chairman of the National People's Congress – Zhu De
- Vice President of the People's Republic of China – Soong Ching-ling and Dong Biwu
- Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China – Lin Biao (until 13 September), Deng Xiaoping (starting 13 September)
- September 13 – The Chinese Communist military leader Lin Biao dies in a plane crash in Mongolia after what appeared to be a failed coup to oust Mao. After his death, he was officially condemned as a traitor.
- October 25 – The United Nations General Assembly admits the People's Republic of China and expels the Republic of China (Taiwan).
- November 23 – The People's Republic of China takes the Republic of China's seat on the United Nations Security Council (see China and the United Nations).
- Henry Kissinger secretly visits Beijing
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- April 29 - Li Siguang, Chinese scientist. the founder of China's geomechanics (born 1899)
- September 13 – Lin Biao, Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China (plane crash) (born 1907)
- September 13 – Lin Liguo, the son of the Chinese Communist military leader Lin Biao (born 1945)
- September 13 – Ye Qun, the wife of the Chinese Communist military leader Lin Biao (born 1945)