CIIC:Selected anniversaries/January 5

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Chiang Kai-shek, accompanied by his wife, signs the letter of appointment to assume office as supreme commander of the China War Zone in 1942.

1942: Chiang Kai-shek announced in Chongqing that he would take up the post of supreme commander of the China War Zone.

1946: The Kuomintang government officially recognized the independence of Outer Mongolia (today's Mongolia).

1975: Notice was given by the Communist Party of China Central Committee that Deng Xiaoping would be appointed vice chairman of the Party’s Central Military Commission and chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

1999: Two new anti-smuggling agencies – the Customs Smuggling Suppression Police Team and the Smuggling Crime Spying Bureau – were set up, adding new impetus to the fight against the illegal trafficking of goods in and out of China.

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