2018 in China

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The following lists events that happened during 2018 in China.


Paramount leader[edit]

Head of state[edit]

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National legislature[edit]

Political advisory[edit]

Supervision commission[edit]




  • 15 February – The CCTV Spring Festival Gala, which airs to millions around the country, sparks widespread criticism and faces accusations of racism after featuring a comedy sketch that featured an Asian actress in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks.[1]




  • June – planned launch of the lunar exploration mission Chang'e 4.[6]


  • September 15 — the annual routine Air Defense Alert originally scheduled for Guangzhou was cancelled.[7]
  • September 16 — Typhoon Mangkhut gradually approached Guangdong. Urban public transportation in Guangzhou and Shenzhen is also affected, in which part of the Guangzhou Metro is out of service; in Shenzhen, buses, subways, and taxis are all out of service, and pure electric taxi charging stations are also closed.[8][9]
  • September 30 — Lanzhou (170) destroyer successfully expelled a US Navy warship "Decatur" destroyer that broke into China's sovereign waters in the South China Sea. The US Navy's "Decatur" destroyer passed through the waters adjacent to the Nanxun Reef, and the Lanzhou (170) destroyer intercepted it. US Pacific Fleet spokesman Charles Brown said in a statement that the Sino-US warships were less than 45 yards away.[10]


  • October 3 – The PRC authorities ordered Fan Bingbing and the companies she controls to pay around 883 million yuan (around USD 129 million) in taxes, fines, and penalties. She also broke silence on her Weibo account by apologizing for what she had done.


  • November 13 — “Great Change – A Large-Scale Exhibition Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening-up” was grandly opened at the National Museum of the People’s Republic of China. On the afternoon of the same day, Xi Jinping came here to visit the exhibition, reviewing the glorious course of the 40 years of reform and opening up, and proclaiming the firm determination to carry out reform and opening up.

Popular culture[edit]




  1. ^ "China's biggest show in 'racist blackface'". BBC News. 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  2. ^ "China's Xi allowed to remain 'president for life' as term limits removed". BBC News. 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ "North Korea's Kim Jong Un visited China for secret summit". NBC News. NBC News. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  4. ^ Peppa Pig got big in China. Then she got censored, CNBC
  5. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-corruption/former-party-boss-in-chinas-chongqing-city-jailed-for-life-for-graft-idUSKBN1I907L
  6. ^ "China Prepares for Breakthrough Chang'e 4 Moon Landing in 2018". sputniknews.com. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. ^ "关于取消2018年9月15日防空警报试鸣的紧急通知". 广州市民防办公室. 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  8. ^ "台风"山竹"将临:广深多处地铁、公交停运". 新京报新媒体. 2018-09-16.
  9. ^ "深圳全市出租车已全部停运". 人民网-深圳频道. 2018-09-16.
  10. ^ 薛艺磊. "国庆前一天,南海动魄惊心一幕!_国际新闻_环球网". world.huanqiu.com. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  11. ^ "考古学泰斗宿白病逝,一生献给考古却自认"只是个教书匠". thepaper.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  12. ^ 李铮友同志逝世 (in Chinese)
  13. ^ 山东省人大常委会原主任、党组原书记李振逝世,享年94岁
  14. ^ 摄影师汪芜生辞世,一生执着于“黑白黄山” (in Chinese)
  15. ^ Obituary (in Chinese)
  16. ^ 河北省政协原主席吕传赞逝世,享年86岁 (in Chinese)
  17. ^ 中国电影第五代奠基人、导演张军钊去世,张艺谋微博悼念 (in Chinese)
  18. ^ 历史小说家凌力逝世 曾以《少年天子》获茅盾奖 (in Chinese)
  19. ^ 中国科学院院士地震地质学家邓起东逝世 享年81岁 (in Chinese)
  20. ^ 中国港口和海岸工程专家谢世楞院士逝世 (in Chinese)
  21. ^ 刘绪贻逝世 (in Chinese)