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Gallery: China’s 'Firsts' Since Reform and Opening-Up

Since reforms began, country has seen its first astronaut, Olympics and cloned monkeys

12.18.2018
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A firework display in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium marks the start of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on Aug. 8 2008, China’s first Olympics. Photo: VCG
A ticket of China’s first publicly traded stock — that of engineering company Shanghai Feilo Acoustics Co. Ltd. — was displayed in an exhibition on Sept. 5, 2009 in Beijing. 10,000 Feilo Acoustics shares were issued to the public in November 1984 with a value of 50 yuan per share. Photo: VCG
Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng toasts European Commission Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy to celebrate the signing of the agreement for China’s accession to the World Trade Organization on May 19, 2000. Photo: VCG
Yang Liwei, who became China’s first astronaut when he went into space on the Shenzhou 5, is wished well before takeoff on Oct. 15, 2003. Photo: VCG
Attendees visit the Shanghai Expo Park on Oct. 9, 2010. The Shanghai Expo 2010 was China’s first expo. Photo: VCG
China’s first aircraft carrier, the Soviet-built Liaoning, was commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force on Sept. 25, 2012 in Dalian, Northeast China’s Liaoning province. Photo: VCG
Chinese manned deep-sea research submersible Jiaolong reached a depth of 7,020 meters (23,031 feet) on June 24, 2012 in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. This was the first time a Chinese-made submersible reached the 7,000-meter milestone. Photo: VCG
Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, the first two primates ever cloned using the nuclear transfer cloning technique, are pictured on Jan. 20 in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Photo: VCG

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Gallery: China’s 'Firsts' Since Reform and Opening-Up