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Events in the year 2003 in China.
- Party General Secretary - Hu Jintao
- President – Jiang Zemin to March 15, Hu Jintao
- Premier – Zhu Rongji to March 16, Wen Jiabao
- Vice President – Hu Jintao to March 15, Zeng Qinghong
- Vice Premier – Li Lanqing to March 6, Huang Ju
- Congress Chairman - Li Peng to March 15, Wu Bangguo
- Conference Chairman - Li Ruihuan to March 14, Jia Qinglin
- January 7 to January 8 – Hefei student protests occur, marking the largest student protests since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
- February 24 – 2003 Bachu earthquake: An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude occurred in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in northwest China, killing at least 261 people and injuring at least 4,000 more. Almost 10,000 homes were levelled by the earthquake.
- June 1 – The People's Republic of China begins filling the lake behind the massive Three Gorges Dam, raising the water level near the dam over 100 metres.
- October 15 – China successfully launches Shenzhou 5, their first manned space mission, becoming the third country in the world to have independent human spaceflight capability after the Soviet Union and the United States.
- December 23 - A PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion in Chongqing, 234 people lives.
- February 11 – Ma Sanli, Chinese comedian (born 1914)
- March 17 – Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (born 1902)
- April 1 – Zhang Guorong, Cantonese singer and actor (born 1956)
- June 17 – Zheng Wenguang, science fiction author (born 1929)
- July 5 – Zhang Aiping, Chinese communist military leader (born 1908)
- October 25 – Yao Guang, diplomat, foreign ambassador (born 1921)
- November 15 – T. Y. Lin, Chinese-born civil engineer (born 1912)
- November 19 – Shi Zhecun, Chinese author (born 1905)
- December 27 – Ying Ruocheng, Chinese actor, director, playwright and Vice Minister of Culture from 1986 to 1990 (born 1929)