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China's Internet users top 100 million


July 2, 2005

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July 3, 2005 It is often joked that when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. Consider then the severe dependence the world might have on China fifty years from now as the world’s most populous nation begins to flex its economic superpowers. The numbers are difficult to comprehend. The margin for error in calculating the Chinese population is greater than the entire American population. Already there are more English speakers in China than there are in America. The Sleeping Dragon is not only awakening, it is also getting wired and officially as of this week, has more than 100 million internet users. America invented the internet and still uses it more than any other nation with 220 million users. But America’s internet usage has plateaud at around 70% penetration while China’s modest 7.3% penetration will continue to grow rapidly for many years, making it the world’s largest internet population within a decade.

The latest Chinese figure was announced by Xi Guohua, an official with the Ministry of Information Industry, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The accompanying charts were created from data obtained from Internet World Stats and the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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