Internet use soars to 123 million in China – AFP

From AFP:

The Internet is becoming more and more popular in China, where 123 million users were counted by the end of June, second in the world only to the United States.

The number of broadband users reached 77 million and there are currently 788,000 websites in the country, Jiang Yaoping from the information ministry was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency. There were no comparative earlier figures available.

Despite its second place in the world list, Internet penetration is actually relatively weak per capita in the country of 1.3 billion people. [Full Text]

See testimony on the “Internet in China” from Google’s February testimony in front of Congress, in which the company says China will have more than 250 million by 2010 and adds that among Chinese under 24 years of age, more than 80% are .

Related article from VOA: “Internet Users Turn Vigilante in China

And from Forbes: “China Surpasses U.S. In Internet Use

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