China's recent success stories in ICT standardization initiatives are among many remarkable examples to illustrate the country's evolution as an innovation powerhouse. While China's standardization activities experienced significant failure rate in the begging, there is growing recognition that the country may have a higher chance of success in more recent IT standards. In this paper, we provide a historical analysis of China's standardization activities. We identify and analyze several disruptive events related to standardization initiatives such as milestones, catastrophes and legal/administrative happenings (Hannigan, 1995).