Expert: Chinese now second largest language on Internet

10:47, July 13, 2011      

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The Chinese language has become one of the most widely used language on the Internet, second only to English, said Liu Ruisheng, vice research fellow at the Institute of Media Research under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, during a release conference of the "Report on the Development of China's New Media Industry" hosted by the Social Sciences Academic Press in Beijing on July 12.

Liu said that there were only around 22.5 million Internet users in China in 2000. At the time, the number of Internet users per 100 Chinese people was even lower than the average of developing countries. Although China is a real late starter, its Internet penetration rate reached over 34 percent in 2010 after 10 years of efforts, 1.5 times the average rate of developing countries. The gap between China and developed countries in Internet penetration has been narrowing year by year.

In addition, the number of mobile phone users in China has reached nearly 900 million. China has made many accomplishments through hard work and sustained efforts. Chinese brands such as Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Sina, Sohu, NetEase, People's Daily Online, Xinhua Online, and China Mobile have developed into "powerful forces" in the world of new media. Although there are still many problems, they will be solved over time, said Liu.

He added that the rise of Chinese brands is already an undeniable fact. China's GDP reached nearly 5.9 trillion U.S. dollars in 2010, ranking second in the world. Unwilling to lag behind in the field of new media, China has been actively drawing on foreign experience and attracting Western investments to create a sound and effective government-led new media development mechanism with Chinese characteristics, instead of blindly copying others.

By People's Daily Online

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